Whats Stopping You This Winter?
Around about the time you get out your winter coat, it’s worth thinking about your tyres too. The cold, wet weather will have an impact on the performance of your regular tyres. You may notice reduced traction, higher fuel consumption and increased noise.
Winter tyres are made from specially formulated compounds that stay softer in lower temperatures, meaning a better grip on the road. Tests show they can improve stopping distances by up to 30%.
What are Winter Tyres?
Most cars in the UK are fitted with Summer Tyres, and some with all-season but Winter tyres are designed specifically to remain supple in colder temperatures of 7 degress and less.
- They use a softer rubber compound
- The surface tread contains more grip with deeper grooves and more sipes.
In Wet Weather
The extra-deep tread grooves help the tyres to disperse surface water and usually increase resistance to aquaplaning, where the tyre passes on top of the water rather than through it, increasing the risk of losing control of the car.
In Snowy Conditions
Winter tyres are also designed to gather a snowy 'in-fill' in the tread grooves and in the sipes to help with grip on packed snow. Nothing grips snow better than snow itself and winter tyres exploit this by gathering and holding as much of it as possible.
Get a Grip on Winter at John Banks
Using the right tyres for the right conditions will give you peace of mind and make each journey you make a little safer. Use Winter Tyres from October to March, when temperatures drop to below 7 degrees.
Change back when temperatures increase to reduce wear on both of your tyre sets.
For more information please contact your John Banks Service Team
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