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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Winter Tyres

December 7, 2017


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As on as the weather changes, many assume that they need to change their tyres if they are to remain safe on the road. However, this isn’t always the case. In the latest blog post by Sky Van hire, we take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of using winter tyres.

How extreme the winter season is will depend on where you live in the world. For those in countries where extreme winter weather conditions are guaranteed, changing to winter tyres as soon as the weather begins to turn is the norm. However, in the UK, the weather is not so extreme and a change isn’t always necessary.

Winter tyres have been developed to offer vehicles better traction on the road during temperatures of 7 degrees or less.

An advantage of using winter tyres is that they can half the stopping time needed for your car during icy conditions, making them a far safer choice than a standard tyre is such weathers. In the UK, there is no legal requirement for vehicle tyres to be changed in the winter, however, in some parts of mainland Europe, there is, so it is always advisable to check before you travel.

The Disadvantages of Winter Tyres

Unlike standard tyres which may be used throughout the year in the UK, winter tyres have been specifically developed for use in very cold and wintry conditions, meaning that they are not suitable all year round, particularly in the summer months.

By using winter tyres during the summer, your vehicle will have less grip on the road, which will wear the tyres down quicker and in turn, cause you to use more fuel.

It is wise to keep the advantages and disadvantages of winter tyres in mind before making a purchase. One thing you should also consider is the type of vehicle you drive and the distances you typically cover. All season tyres may be preferable for short journeys and main roads. However, if you will be driving long distances, using country lanes or driving vans or HGV’s you prefer a sturdier set of tyres.

Here at Sky Van Hire, we have been offering reliable van hire to take the hassle out of moving home or getting from A to B with large goods. We ensure that all of our vans are fully safe for the road, so you don’t have to worry. For more information on our services, including roadside and breakdown assistance, call today on 020 8550 8800 or use our online contact form.