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Winter Tyres at ATS Euromaster

A popular misconception is that the UK rarely has winters severe enough to make it worth switching to Winter tyres once the temperature drops, but in reality you begin to benefit from cold weather tyres as soon as the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius.

At ATS Euromaster, we offer a wide range of winter tyres for cars, vans and 4x4s at competitive prices to make sure you don’t get caught off guard by the changing of the seasons. To see the full range of tyres for your vehicle, use our ‘Find My Tyre’ tool at the top of the page, or bring your car into one of our centres where our qualified experts will be happy to discuss available options with you. 

What is a winter tyre?

 A winter tyre is created specifically for the purpose of making sure that your car gets as much traction as possible during the cold winter months, making sure that you don’t get any nasty surprises when the temperature drops.

 Winter tyres have deeper grooves in the tread to help the car deal with snow and increased levels of road debris (such as mud), as well as smaller sipes in the tread itself, aiding traction on ice. In addition to this winter tyres are made from a softer compound than summer tyres, which are ideal for providing that extra bit of grip even in colder temperatures.

The softer compound of the tyre does however make the tyre more prone to wear during warmer months, which is why summer tyres generally use lower amounts of silica and rubber. 

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Winter tyres vs all season tyres

Often motorists prefer to use all season tyres for their car, rather than switching between summer and winter tyres throughout the year. This is usually done for convenience or to save on the cost of buying two sets of tyres.

While there are a number of excellent all season tyres on the market, by combining the properties of a summer and winter tyre, it means that they rarely manage to outperform summer or winter tyres. For additional safety and functionality, a winter tyre is more likely to provide the extra traction needed to keep you and your car on the road during harsh conditions. 

Benefits of winter tyres

When driving in cold conditions it’s important to know that your car can stop as effectively as if you were driving on a dry and warm day, since the weather can present a number of new and often unexpected challenges with every journey.

In a study conducted by TyreSafe, a car travelling on ice at 19mph fitted with winter tyres stopped 11 meter earlier than the same make and model fitted with summer tyres, meaning that not only is grip improved, but stopping distances are reduced- keeping you safe on the road.   

What is the difference between Cold Weather Tyres and Summer Tyres?

Cold Weather tyres contain a higher amount of rubber and silica to remain more flexible to grip at lower temperatures. Winter tyres are characterised by a more ‘aggressive’ tread pattern with deeper grooves helping more of the tyre to be in contact with the road. They also feature smaller sipes in the tread which are designed to increase grip in icy conditions.

When used in similar conditions, Summer tyres tend to become harder and less flexible, which reduces their performance and grip. 

The speed rating on Winter tyres are generally lowers than Summer tyres. 

When should I fit winter tyres?

Winter tyres can benefit your car as soon as the temperature dips below 7 degrees Celsius. To ensure maximum protection, we recommend fitting the tyres between October and March of every year. This allows for the cold of winter as well as making sure you are covered for the chill of autumn and spring mornings too. 

Stay safe on the road with our winter driving tips

Summer & winter tyre storage

If you don’t have the space to store a spare set of seasonal tyres, ATS Euromaster we provides a Tyre Hotel storage service, allowing you to store your summer tyres with us during winter and your winter tyres here during the summer for just £7.50 per tyre per season.

Each tyre is labelled and then securely stored, meaning that you can keep your tyres safe, out of the way and easy to access whenever you like, without any fuss. 

Find out more about our tyre storage service

Cold Weather Driving Tips

  1. Ensure that your tyres are correctly inflated and that you have a minimum of 3mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the tyre to improved grip and control.
  2. Car batteries commonly fail during the winter months, in order to pro-long your battery life, simply go for a long drive to help the battery recharge fully. Alternatively, visit an ATS Euromaster Service Centre for a free battery check so that it can be charged before it suddenly lets you down.
  3. Your vehicle air conditioning system can help to demist your windscreens faster during the winter months to improve visibility.
  4. Top up your coolant levels to ensure there is sufficient antifreeze to provide your engine when temperatures drop.
  5. Remove all snow from your vehicle’s windows, bonnet and roof to avoid snow falling on your windscreen suddenly which could obstruct your view when travelling.
  6. Use higher gears to reduce wheel spin?
  7. Avoid harsh braking as this could lead to skidding; apply your brakes softly for more control.
  8. Give yourself plenty of time and where possible try to use the main routes which are more likely to be gritted therefore less snow will have settled.
  9. Carry a winter survival pack in your car just in case you break down. Remember to include a blanket, torch, warm clothes, food and water.
  10. Reduce your speed for more control.

Winter tyres vs all season tyres

Often motorists prefer to use all season tyres for their car, rather than switching between summer and winter tyres throughout the year. This is usually done for convenience or to save on the cost of buying two sets of tyres.

While there are a number of excellent all season tyres on the market, by combining the properties of a summer and winter tyre, it means that they rarely manage to outperform summer or winter tyres. For additional safety and functionality, a winter tyre is more likely to provide the extra traction needed to keep you and your car on the road during harsh conditions. 

Benefits of winter tyres

When driving in cold conditions it’s important to know that your car can stop as effectively as if you were driving on a dry and warm day, since the weather can present a number of new and often unexpected challenges with every journey.

In a study conducted by TyreSafe, a car travelling on ice at 19mph fitted with winter tyres stopped 11 meter earlier than the same make and model fitted with summer tyres, meaning that not only is grip improved, but stopping distances are reduced- keeping you safe on the road.   

What is the difference between Cold Weather Tyres and Summer Tyres?

Cold Weather tyres contain a higher amount of rubber and silica to remain more flexible to grip at lower temperatures. Winter tyres are characterised by a more ‘aggressive’ tread pattern with deeper grooves helping more of the tyre to be in contact with the road. They also feature smaller sipes in the tread which are designed to increase grip in icy conditions.

When used in similar conditions, Summer tyres tend to become harder and less flexible, which reduces their performance and grip. 

The speed rating on Winter tyres are generally lowers than Summer tyres. 

When should I fit winter tyres?

Winter tyres can benefit your car as soon as the temperature dips below 7 degrees Celsius. To ensure maximum protection, we recommend fitting the tyres between October and March of every year. This allows for the cold of winter as well as making sure you are covered for the chill of autumn and spring mornings too. 

Stay safe on the road with our winter driving tips

Summer & winter tyre storage

If you don’t have the space to store a spare set of seasonal tyres, ATS Euromaster we provides a Tyre Hotel storage service, allowing you to store your summer tyres with us during winter and your winter tyres here during the summer for just £7.50 per tyre per season.

Each tyre is labelled and then securely stored, meaning that you can keep your tyres safe, out of the way and easy to access whenever you like, without any fuss. 

Find out more about our tyre storage service

Cold Weather Driving Tips

  1. Ensure that your tyres are correctly inflated and that you have a minimum of 3mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the tyre to improved grip and control.
  2. Car batteries commonly fail during the winter months, in order to pro-long your battery life, simply go for a long drive to help the battery recharge fully. Alternatively, visit an ATS Euromaster Service Centre for a free battery check so that it can be charged before it suddenly lets you down.
  3. Your vehicle air conditioning system can help to demist your windscreens faster during the winter months to improve visibility.
  4. Top up your coolant levels to ensure there is sufficient antifreeze to provide your engine when temperatures drop.
  5. Remove all snow from your vehicle’s windows, bonnet and roof to avoid snow falling on your windscreen suddenly which could obstruct your view when travelling.
  6. Use higher gears to reduce wheel spin?
  7. Avoid harsh braking as this could lead to skidding; apply your brakes softly for more control.
  8. Give yourself plenty of time and where possible try to use the main routes which are more likely to be gritted therefore less snow will have settled.
  9. Carry a winter survival pack in your car just in case you break down. Remember to include a blanket, torch, warm clothes, food and water.
  10. Reduce your speed for more control.
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