One in five accidents happen when a vehicle slides in wet or wintery conditions, according to the Department of Transport. The accident rate is twice that when driving on dry surfaces.
Due to these safety concerns, over 60 million motorists across Europe swap their tyres to suit a colder climate as the winter season comes around.
What are winter tyres?
Winter tyres - also known as cold weather tyres - are built for improved grip in snowy, icy or wet conditions, while summer tyres are built primarily for speeds and fuel efficiency.
So, what makes winter tyres unique? Well, their high silica content and detailed tread pattern means they're able to stay flexible in temperatures below 7 degrees.
This means that these types of tyres offer better car safety, including braking and handling performance in treacherous conditions, as well as on cold or wet road surfaces.
These tyres have many tread patterns embedded in them, which helps motorists to keep grip on the road.
How can I tell which are cold weather tyres?
Winter tyres are often labelled with a symbol showing a snowflake to let you know they are perfect for these colder conditions.
Can I use winter tyres all year round?
Summer tyres often stiffen up and lose flexibility in the cold weather, causing them to be less efficient at gripping black road surfaces.
Winter tyres aren’t really suited to all year round use and summer tyres will perform better when temperatures rise, and the road is dry.
So, you may need two sets of tyres if you want to use specialist ones over winter.
Which cold weather tyres do you recommend?
The innovative rubber compound used within Bridgestone winter tyres helps drastically improve grip while significantly reducing braking distances, making them a popular choice for our customers.
However, we do stock a fantastic range of cold weather tyres so whether it's Continental, Goodyear or Pirelli you prefer, we've got a set to suit, as well a whole host of other quality tyre brands.
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