As the cold weather sets in and icy road conditions become prominent, ensuring cars are fitted with winter tyres, like the newly released Continental compounds, could prove of increasing importance.
With the latest embers of summer well and truly dead following a torrid September, motorists across the UK may already have one eye on the chilly months ahead.
Winter will bring a whole host of challenges to drivers up and down the land, including frozen windscreens, snowy conditions and icy road surfaces.
Investing in tyres designed to cope with these challenges could prove a shrewd move, with Continental the latest firm to unveil its new winter compounds.
The ContiWinterContact TS850 is the next generation of cold weather tyre from the European manufacturer, and has been designed to build on the success of the TS830.
Boasting improved braking distances in wet conditions, better grip on winter roads, extended mileage and enhanced handling, the compounds have also been designed for a further reduction in rolling resistance.
These improved features could prove particularly beneficial in the winter conditions of the UK.
Statistics provided to ATS Euromaster by the Met Office highlight the potential danger, with detailed weather analysis showing that temperatures dropped below seven degrees Celsius during prime time commuting hours on 147 days between October 1st 2011 and March 31st 2012.
The findings cover temperatures in ten major UK cities from 7am to 9am and 4pm till 6pm and serve to highlight the importance of using winter tyres.
These compounds are designed specifically for such conditions, with the tread designed to maintain grip in temperatures below seven degrees Celsius – when most tyres lose theirs.
Commenting on the findings, ATS Euromaster group sales director Peter Fairlie said: "These statistics highlight that cold weather tyres are still a valuable safety feature worth having, even during a mild UK winter.”
The new Continental tyres have been designed using state-of-the-art technology including block edges and sipes which increase traction and braking performance in snow and ice.
Additional edges also feature, with the firm's engineers keen to allow the compounds to transfer lateral forces when navigating bends and switching lanes at high speed – thus improving handling and grip in extreme weather conditions.
Motorists considering buying new tyres from the Continental winter range could also be advised to heed the recommendation of industry insiders.
In this instance, the popular compound was placed first in the German AutoBild Winter Tyre Test 2012, with the size 205/55 R 16 compounds receiving outstanding ratings on snow and ice, along with fuel consumption and wear.
These compounds are the latest example of the modern technology and advances in tread pattern design that make cold weather tyres a valuable investment for fleet businesses and motorists alike.
More importantly, for the economically-minded, winter tyres have been designed with increased longevity in mind, compared with standard compounds.
On average, this equates to an 20 per cent improvement in overall tyre life.
These new Continental tyres may offer an impressive and feature-laden option, but they are one of many that can be purchased in the UK today.
The key is to act now, rather than pay later.
Buy Quality winter tyres at ATS Euromaster.
Posted by Danielle Barge