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Why Winter Tyres?

Why Winter Tyres?


Previous winters have resulted in scenes of chaos on the UK roads, creating dangerous driving conditions and bringing the country to a standstill. In many European markets it is now considered a common part of the motoring routine to change from summer to winter tyres in order to avoid this disruption and ensure optimum safety when driving in poor weather. Several countries including Sweden, Austria and Germany recognise the benefits of fitting winter tyres and have as a result introduced laws that make it compulsory to fit winter tyres at certain times of the year.

There are currently no legal requirements making it mandatory to use winter tyres in the UK, but an increased number of road accidents in the colder months, where drivers are six times more likely to have an accident from October to March*, makes a good argument for fitting them to your vehicle. 

Goodyear’s Winter Tyre range has been developed specifically with your safety in mind. They are designed to perform not just in ice and snow, but at temperatures of 7 degrees or below. They offer better responsiveness and braking distances due to a softer compound than Summer Tyres.

Goodyear’s latest Winter Tyre, the UltraGrip 8 Performance, offers the following benefits: 

•Confident handling on snow

•Excellent performance on ice

•High aquaplaning resistance

•Fuel efficient design

•Optimised mileage

You can learn more about the UltraGrip 8 Performance and other tyres in our winter range by clicking here.

*Source: www.driving.org


So when is the ideal time to fit Winter Tyres?

Information from the MET Office shows us that in the UK, temperatures have been known to fall below 7 degrees for anything up to 6 months, which is half of the year:

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

England: 6 to 8 degrees

England: 2 to 4 degrees

England: -4 to -2 degrees

England: 0 to 2 degrees

England: 2 to 4 degrees

England: 2 to 4 degrees

Scotland: 4 to 6 degrees

Scotland: 2 to 0 degrees

Scotland: -6 degrees

Scotland: 2 to 0 degrees

Scotland: 2 to 0 degrees

Scotland: 0 to 2 degrees

Wales: 2 to 4 degrees

Wales: 0 to 2 degrees

Wales: -4 to -6 degrees

Wales: -2 to 0 degrees

Wales: 2 to 4 degrees

Wales: 0 to 2 degrees