SMMT: Use winter tyres for half the year

5th October 2011

British drivers should use cold weather tyres over half of the year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

For five months of the year, the average temperature in the UK is less than seven degrees Celsius – the temperature at which winter tyres outperform regular tyres.

The SMMT has therefore advised UK motorists to swap from summer to cold weather tyres for half the year, in order to benefit from improved grip and increase tyre lifespan.

Paul Everitt, SMMT's chief executive, said: "Winter tyres provide greater grip and handling, reducing braking distances in cold, wet conditions as well as on snow and ice.

"With temperatures starting to drop and the wetter seasons approaching, motorists should make sure they have the best tyres for the road and climate conditions."

A car fitted with winter tyres travelling 62mph on a cold, wet road will come to a stop around 5m before a vehicle fitted with summer tyres, according to the British Tyre Manufacturers' Association. 

Posted by Danielle Barge