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The Complete Winter Tyres Information and Buying Guide


We constantly check our prices so you don’t have to – so we guarantee that our winter tyresare the best prices you can receive online in the UK

Winter Tyres On The Road


Winter tyres uk are only in demand in autumn and winter, and stock is delivered in to us from manufacturers in October and November. We update the website with availability as soon as we receive new stock.
When ordering winter tyres, we recommend you fit them across all four wheels for safety reasons.


If ‘winter tyres’ make you think of vast snow drifts and heavily studded tyres, think again. ‘Winter tyres’ are designed to cope with cold/winter weather conditions that are experienced across the UK from October until March. Ideally, drivers should change to winter tyres once the temperature drops below 7 degrees C.

What makes winter tyres different?

· Winter tyres are made from a different compound to standard tyres - one that doesn’t harden in the cold. It remains flexible and grippy due to its higher proportion of natural rubber

· Their tread pattern contains more grooves to attract more snow into the grooves (because snow sticks to snow - it’s how you build a snow man, by rolling a little ball into a larger ball) to allow the tyre to gain traction.

· Winter tyres contain more ‘sipes’ (small slots) to create a multitude of biting edges that interlock with the wintry surface, aiding both braking and acceleration

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What are the benefits of winter tyres?

Winter tyres are a safer option in cold weather as they bring:

· Braking performance improvements on wet roads

· Braking performance improvements on icy roads

· Braking performance improvements on snowy roads

They are designed to cope with all types of weather conditions, and give better grip in cold wet, muddy, slushy, icy and snowy conditions.

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What types of winter tyre does Tyreshopper stock?

Tyre shopper now stocks the following winter tyres -

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Tyre Description Segment Code Width Profile Size SI LI XL
AVON ICE TOURING 82T Mid Range 1756514AV8T 175 65 14 T 82
WANLI WIN CHALLENGER 82T Budget 1756514WL8T 175 65 14 T 82
LINGLONG R650 WINTER 82T Budget 1756514UB5TW 175 65 14 T 82
AVON ICE TOURING 88T Mid Range 1856515AV8T 185 65 15 T 88
AVON ICE TOURING 91T Mid Range 1956515AV8T 195 65 15 T 91
AVON ICE TOURING ST 91H Mid Range 1956515AV8H 195 65 15 H 91
TIGAR CARGOSPEED WINTER 104/102R Budget 1957015TG8R 195 70 15 R 104/102
TIGAR WINTER 1 88T Budget 1856515TG8T 185 65 15 T 88
TIGAR WINTER 1 91H Budget 1956515TG8H 195 65 15 H 91
WANLI SNOWGRIP 91T Budget 1956515WL8T 195 65 15 T 91
LINGLONG R650 WINTER 88T Budget 1856515UB5TW 185 65 15 T 88
LINGLONG R650 WINTER 91T Budget 1956515UB5TW 195 65 15 T 91
LINGLONG R650 WINTER 91H Budget 1956515UB5HW 195 65 15 H 91
AVON ICE TOURING ST 91H Mid Range 2055516AV8H 205 55 16 H 91
AVON ICE TOURING ST 93H Mid Range 2155516AV8H 215 55 16 H 93
WANLI SNOWGRIP 115R Budget 2356516WL9R 235 65 16 R 115
WANLI SNOWGRIP 91H Budget 2055516WL8H 205 55 16 H 91
WANLI WINTER CHALLENGER 107/105R Budget 2056516WL9R 205 65 16 R 107/105
WANLI WINTER CHALLENGER 97HXL Budget 2155516WL8HX 215 55 16 H 97 XL
LINGLONG R650 WINTER 91H Budget 2055516UB5HW 205 55 16 H 91
AVON ICE TOURING ST 94V XL Mid Range 2254517AV8VX 225 45 17 V 94 XL
WANLI SNOWGRIP 94V XL Budget 2254517WL8VX 225 45 17 V 94 XL
AVON ICE TOURING ST 92V XL Mid Range 2254018AV8VX 225 40 18 V 92 XL
WANLI SNOWGRIP 92V XL Budget 2254018WL8VX 225 40 18 V 92 XL

When are they suitable to use in the UK?

Winter tyres area ideally suited to temperatures below 7 degrees C, so from October until March in the UK.

Can I use them in the summer?

There isn’t a problem using winter tyres in the summer. In fact, given the unpredictable nature of the weather in the UK, it would always make sense to use winter tyres in preference to summer tyres.

Do you need to replace all four tyres?

· To gain maximum benefit from winter tyres, yes. The differing performance of winter versus summer tyres fitted to the same vehicle may cause unexpected handling characteristics

Do winter tyres have any effect on noise/comfort?

Tyre companies invest huge amounts of time and money in research and development, meaning that modern winter tyres are just as comfortable and quiet as standard tyres.

Why are the speed ratings different?

· Winter tyres have lower speed ratings than summer tyres, yet even an H rated winter tyre is capable of speeds in excess of 130mph+

What if my car is fitted with traction control?

· Traction control doesn’t actually improve the tyre’s traction, it simply limits your car’s acceleration to the traction levels achieved by your tyres.

What if my car is fitted with ABS?

· ABS doesn’t actually improve the tyres traction, it simply limits your car’s braking to the traction levels achieved by your tyres.

Do front wheel drive cars perform better in the snow?

· Yes. Because a front wheel drive car has 60% of its weight pressing down on the front wheels. This helps during acceleration but not so much under braking and a front wheel drive car’s weight distribution is not the best for handling and cornering. Performance can be significantly improved by fitting winter tyres

Winter Air Pressure

Your car is supported by the air pressure inside your tyres, and having the correct air pressure affects vehicle handling and braking. You can’t just set your air pressure and leave it though, it should be regularly checked.

Air contracts in colder weather, so you should check your tyres’ pressures at least every four weeks. For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit the temperature drops, your tyre’s air pressure will drop by about 1 psi.

If you park in an indoor garage, your tyres will also ‘lose’ pressure when you drive out into the cold – remember, you should be checking air pressure when your car tyres are cold/match the outside temperature.

Make sure your valve caps are all in place – if they’re missing, air moisture can freeze in the valve which allows air to escape.

Higher Tyre Pressure on Winter Tyres

Some vehicle manufacturers recommend that you increase your tyre pressure when driving with winter tyres.

One reason for this may be that winter tyres can provide a slightly less responsive drive due to their tread design, deeper tread patterns, and softer rubber compounds. These factors all help keep the tyres more pliable in colder conditions, thus giving them better grip on snow and ice. A slightly higher pressure (3-5 psi) can help increase the stability of the tyre and offset the reduced responsiveness.

Do winter tyres have any effect on my insurance?

In previous years there was confusion with some insurance companies who actually increased drivers premiums as they classed winter tyres as a modification to the vehicle. Tyre safety groups like TyreSafe have worked alongside insurance companies to ensure they understand that winter tyres are not a modification, but an improved safety feature, and most insurance companies no longer require notifcation as long as tyres are ‘correct for the vehicle and professionally fitted’. To be sure, always check with your insurance company. All tyres purchased on Tyreshopper include fitting at a local, professional tyre fitting centre.

What countries use them regularly and why don’t we use them in the UK?

Almost all cars in the UK are fitted with standard/summer tyres. However, it is common practice in much of Europe for drivers to have two sets of tyres, and to swap to winter tyres once temperatures begin to drop, changing back to standard tyres in the late spring.

UK motorists are just catching on to winter tyre benefits. This is a direct result of the harsh winter conditions the country experienced in 2010 and 2009, when many drivers experienced skids, bumps, accidents or were left stranded by severe weather conditions.

Is it all just a marketing ploy?

As you are running two sets of tyres across the year, you will achieve a longer life span on your regular tyres. Millions of European drivers are aware of the safety benefits of winter tyres, and UK motorists are beginning to catch on after the recent severe winters.

Will it cost me more money?

Nobody wants to spend more money than necessary on their car, and people worry that winter tyres are an additional expense. However, look at it the same way as owning two pairs of shoes – while you’re wearing your winter boots, you benefit from better grip on wet, slippy surfaces. Your summer shoes are safe at home, ready for you to put them on next year. You have two pairs in circulation, so have a longer overall lifespan .

How/where do I store my tyres if I change sets?

You should store your standard tyres in a cool, dry place – a garage or shed is ideal. Don’t let them sit in direct sun – if they’re in front of a window, cover them up with an old blanket.

Stock Levels

The UK is currently experiencing a demand for winter tyres that suppliers are finding hard to keep up with. In 2010, stocks ran short (just as they did for other winter products like winter boots/wellies), and some customers were left disappointed. Stocks get delivered in to the UK through October and November, so it is wise to place your order early rather than wait till the bad weather hits. Tyreshopper’s price guarantee ensures your tyres will be available to you at the best price in the UK.

Avoid confusion – which of these are ‘winter tyres’?

Mud & Snow’ tyres – this label applies to many all season tyres, and simply means tyres which are designed to give better handling than standard tyres in snowy conditions. Their composition mix doesn’t stipulate the softer material used on true winter tyres, so these can’t be sold as real winter tyres.

Nordic winter tyres and studded tyres – these are used in areas like Scandinavia and Canada which suffer months of freezing temperatures. They are not what you need for normal winter driving conditions in the UK. They give a lot of grip, but are designed for snow packed roads, and will cause road damage if used in the wrong conditions.

Driving Abroad

If you’re planning a trip abroad, always check local regulations with your insurer or the AA. In some countries, seasonal specific tyres are a legal requirement and driving without them could result in an on-the-spot fine.

Winter Driving Tips

Take some simple safety precautions when driving in the winter.

1. Fit winter tyres if possible

2. Whatever type of tyre you have, make sure its tread is as deep as possible for safe driving

3. Good visibility is key. Totally clear your windscreen and all windows before you set off.

4. Make sure your lights are clear of mud/snow and are all working properly.

5. Clear any snow from your vehicle roof to avoid it slipping over the windscreen while driving.

6. Reduce your speed! You need longer braking distances in wet/slippy conditions.

7. Keep a decent sized gap between you and the vehicle in front.

8. If you have to drive in severe weather conditions, leave home prepared with warm outer clothing – coats, hat, gloves – even a blanket – so if the worst comes to the worst you will be able to keep warm for a few hours.

Safety – Don’t Just Take Our Word For It is one of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisations, dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers associated with defective or illegal tyres. See below some compelling footage, filmed on an ice rink; this demonstrates exactly how much of a difference winter tyres can make to your safety on slippery roads.

This article is written by expert Chris J Dutton who has 17 years industry experience and writes news, content and press releases. If you would like to make contact with Chris then you can do so at Email and also see Chris’s Google+ profile or contact customer services for any other query.

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