Which winter tyres should you consider this year?

10th December 2013

The temperatures are dropping and the nights are drawing in, which means that for many people, driving in the cold and the dark is part of daily life. These conditions provide a whole host of new challenges to motorists and it is important every possible step is taken to make driving in these conditions safer.

One thing that can immediately make driving in the colder months safer is winter tyres, which are designed specifically to perform to the best of their ability when the temperatures drop.

Winter tyres work best when the mercury drops below seven degrees C, as the grip provided to the driver increases and stopping distances are reduced.

The high natural rubber content within these tyres helps to keep them softer than summer tyres once the temperature drops. Additional grooves are also present on winter tyres, which allows for much better grip in the cold, wet, icy and snowy conditions prevalent at this time of year.

So, with so much choice on the market, which winter tyres should you be looking to fit to your vehicle?

Continental ContiWinterContact TS 850

The tread blocks on this tyre have been arranged to provide maximum grip when accelerating and braking, even at high speeds. The numerous block edges can help keep the car on the road in slippery conditions.

Thanks to the makeup of the tyre it quickly responds to steering commands from drivers, reducing the likelihood of being involved in a collision.

Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance

This pattern can provide motorists with confidence when driving in snowy and icy conditions. Its performance provides high levels of grip and braking on hard-packed snow thanks to three different types of sipes.

The central rib works like a snowplough, helping the tyres grab onto the snow for additional traction. The silica tread on the tyre also improves handling on ice.

Goodyear's tyres will also reduce the risk of aquaplaning in wet conditions thanks to the hydrodynamic tread grooves that quickly channel water away from the tyre surface.

As well as the grip benefits, the tyre has a fuel-efficient design, which reduces rolling resistance and reduces fuel consumption.

Posted by Danielle Barge