ATS Euromaster expects a higher than ever demand for cold weather tyres in 2014 after the company has continued to see a massive growth in sales of the specialist rubber for three consecutive years.
The tyre expert is already in talks with fleets about their requirements for winter 2014/15 and is urging customers to place their orders for cold weather tyres sooner rather than later, to avoid missing out.
Amongst the biggest users of the tyres are supermarket chains, logistics companies, blue light operators and council fleets – as fitting the tyres ensures critical services can continue safely when road conditions deteriorate.
Peter Fairlie, ATS Euromaster’s Group Sales Director, says: “Despite a relatively mild winter sales of cold weather tyres increased by 25 per cent in 2013 compared to the previous year, which we believe is down to better preparation by fleets for the unpredictability of the British weather.
“When the roads are covered in snow and ice, it’s almost too late to fit cold weather tyres as stocks sell out fast. Smart fleet managers and operators place their orders early and ensure their vehicles are fitted with the rubber in good time, so whatever the weather their drivers won’t be caught out.”
Cold weather tyres provide enhanced mobility and safety when temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius – at which point the performance of ‘summer’ tyres deteriorates as the rubber becomes harder and less ‘elastic’. As a result, summer tyres suffer from reduced grip and braking ability, and deliver a less comfortable ride.
Despite last year’s relatively mild winter, average temperatures have remained below 7 degrees Celsius in the UK over the last three winters, with an average temperature of 5.2 degrees Celsius recorded for winter 2013/14, 3.3 degrees Celsius in 2012/13 and 4.5 degrees Celsius in 2011/12*.
For more information about ATS Euromaster’s cold weather tyre offering visit www.atseuromaster.co.uk/business.
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