Image Winter Tyres Explained: Here At Our Help Centre
CarTyres.com Help Centre
HELP CENTRE HOME // TYRES // WINTER TYRES
  • Should I Buy Winter Tyres

  • The superior grip of winter tyres will help you drive safely in snow, ice and rain when the outdoor temperature is below 7°C. Winter tyres will stop up to 11 meters earlier than regular tyres in icy conditions when braking at 20 mph. Winter tyres do this by using a rubber compound with high levels of silica and a pattern specifically designed to aid breaking in cold conditions. You may consider purchasing winter tyres if you live in a remote area where weather conditions are severe for longer. There is no UK law regarding ownership of winter tyres as there is in some European countries. If you are travelling with your vehicle to another country and expect winter conditions, please check that country's tyre law before you go. March is usually a good time to swap back to regular tyres when morning temperature is usually above 7°C

  • Do I need To Drive Slower With Winter Tyres

  • Speed limits should of course be followed at all times. Whilst winter tyres usually have a lower speed rating than regular tyres, H rated tyres still carry a high maximum speed of 131 mph so winter tyres should not impact driving speed. Please note, speed should be reduced when driving in bad conditions at all times.


  • Should I Inform My Insurance Company I Am Using Winter Tyres

  • Whilst the Association of British Insurers advise that the level of cover, or the premium on your car insurance will not be affected by having winter tyres fitted, some insurance companies like to be kept informed of any changes you make to the vehicle. We recommend you contact your insurer if you do fit winter tyres.

  • When Do I Change My Tyres Back

  • March is usually a good time to swap back to regular tyres when morning temperature is usually above 7°C.

  • How Do Winter Tyres Work

  • As winter tyres are designed to work efficiently in colder weather the tyres rubber compound is altered. The winter tyre rubber compound contains more natural rubber, as this doesn’t become hard in cold temperatures below 7*C. This creates a flexible tyre tread which helps reduce the stopping distance and maintained and excellent grip in snow or ice.

    They tyre tread is designed so it bites into snow and ice to produce an interlocking grip, this is critical in the center of the tread where they tyre carries most load. As well as this a winter tyre has an increased groove ratio and up to 10x the number of sipes than a standard tyre. 


  • When Should I Fit Winter Tyres To My Car

  • We recommend you change to winter tyres during the months of October to March when the average temperature is below 7*C 

  • Winter Tyres Speed Limit

  • All tyres come with a speed rating. Winter tyres are rated H, giving them a maximum speed of 131 mph. This is enough speed when abiding to the UK speed limits that you’ll not need to reduce your speed while driving on winter tyres.

 



Legal tyre depth background