Winter tyres are made with a compound that ensures the tyres maintain a high rate of elasticity at low temperatures, which increases the level of grip and traction the tyre is able to provide. Winter tyres also have a wider pattern blocks containing sipes. These sipes help to disperse water and snow from underneath the tyre, maximising the grip, traction and performance in poor weather conditions.
In some European countries, it’s against the law to not use winter tyres in winter. But in the UK, there’s no law preventing you from using summer tyres all year round. So, do winter tyres really make a difference? Here’s some of the most key benefits of winter tyres:
Winter tyres also benefit from cutting edge technology to enhance their performance in the worst of the winter weather. This helps to constantly improve the effectiveness of winter tyres:
You might be tempted to think that if winter tyres are the safer option in winter, then they must be worth keeping on your car all year round. However it is strongly recommended to use the correct tyres for each season for optimal safety and performance on the road.
As soon as spring comes around and temperatures start to rise above 7°C once more, it is recommended to change your tyres back to summer tyres. The softer rubber compound of winter tyres can wear out quickly in warm weather and the performance of the tyre will suffer in comparison to summer tyres.
If you’re looking for a tyre to use all year round, your best bet is to fit your car with All Season tyres.
All season tyres blend together the technologies summer and winter tyres to provide good performance all year round.
There is no specific date to put winter tyres on your car.
According to The Met Office, the average daily temperature drops below 7°C in the UK between November and April.
When it gets to this time of year, you should be thinking about changing to winter tyres.
You should not mix winter and summer tyres. Mixing tyres in this way can make slippery conditions more dangerous and affect how well your vehicle handles, especially if the tyres have different tread patterns and performance features. So it’s important to buy a full set of winter tyres and a full set of summer tyres, not two winter tyres and two summer tyres.
If you’re switching between winter and summer tyres, you need to store them correctly. And when cared for properly, your winter tyres will last as long as your summer tyres. Keep them in clean, polythene bags and rest them on their sides.
For best tyre care, you’ll need to avoid any wet or oily surfaces and cover them from exposure to heat and sunlight. If you stack your tyres, rotate the stack regularly.
You can recognise a winter tyre by the 3PMSF mountain snowflake symbol on its sidewall. Some all season tyres will contain this symbol too.
An EU tyre label gives you information about safety and environmental features, and all new tyres come with one. However, it doesn’t cover winter performance characteristics, so as well as asking your local dealer, it’s a good idea to seek out some independent tyre tests.
Yes, run flat winter tyres are available, such as our UltraGrip Performance+ tyre.
Improved wet, dry and winter performance
Our revolutionary RunOnFlat technology lets you drive at up to 50mph on a flat tyre.
So there’s no need for roadside tyre changes, and a reduced risk of motorway blowouts.
Rim Protection Technology
With rim protectors built into the tyre, you’ll enjoy greater protection against curb damage.
On-Off Road Technology
Designed for off road use with 4-wheel-drive vehicles, these tyres may also be used on the road at speeds of up to 118mph.
Take a look at our UltraGrip Performance+ tyres in action.
The winter compound maximises contact with the road in colder temperatures to provide excellent grip. With traction protect technology, braking forces are fasted transmitted into grip and thus shortens braking distances even in snow.
Science of snow is the supreme discipline of winter tyre development. In the snow lab our engineers investigate the structure of snow and its effects on tyre performance. Learn exciting facts about snow and winter tyres.
Driving in snow, slush and ice brings its own problems. Here are a few tips to consider:
When you’re ready to buy, browse Goodyear winter tyres or find a dealer near you.