Winter tyres – worth the switch? 0

Winter is coming. And not the fun Game of Thrones type of winter, but the real-life, seriously cold and potentially dangerous type of winter. So, considering the inevitable, we thought we’d give you some advice in deciding what tyres you should use this winter.


Firstly, and most obviously, summer tyres are not recommended. They may be considered ‘normal’ tyres, but they do not provide enough grip or stability in the colder months. When the temperature drops, the rubber that summer tyres are made of hardens and can be brittle against the roads. The sensible options then are either all-season tyres or winter tyres.

For both, you should always check the tread. In winter, it’s recommended that your tread depth is a minimum of 3mm, rather than the standard 1.6mm. This is a crucial element in stopping distance and road grip. Deeper treads will allow your tyres to push the snow and slush out of the way. As well as the tread depth, make sure you don’t over inflate or under inflate your tyres because this can take away from their grip.

Winter tyres are designed to work best when the temperature drops below seven degrees Celsius. The rubber they’re made of remains soft for better grip, whether the roads are wet, snowy or cold. All-season tyres are claimed to be good up to minus 15 degrees Celsius, but they are never as good as winter tyres when the temperatures drop.


Most tyre specialists will recommend tyres depending on where you live, where you drive and how long you drive for. All-season tyres may be fine for your car journeys, but winter tyres will always prove better than the jack-of-all-trades. The same can be said of summer tyres in the hot weather.

Although you will face an increase in cost if you purchase winter tyres, remember that they will last twice as long. If once a year you’re swapping out your summer tyres for winter, and vice-versa, both sets will last double the time. Some insurance policies even offer discounts if you opt for winter tyres, because car accidents are six times more likely to happen in the winter months.

Also, for those thinking they can cut the cost by only buying winter tyres for their front-driving wheels – don’t. It doesn’t work like that. You must buy winter tyres for all your wheels because you require all four to brake.

For better traction, grip and peace of mind, we suggest investing in a set of winter tyres; especially as the UK is set for its worst winter in years.




Image credit: