Winter weather, snow, and ice can come suddenly as an unwelcome surprise. For challenging weather conditions, you need proper winter tires. But what are winter tires? And why do they perform so well in wintry conditions?
When should I change to winter tires?
- Shorter days and worsening weather mean it's high time to get the low-down on the best winter tire models.
- Knowing when to change to winter tires will ensure your driving is safer and save you fuel costs. Change tires too early or too late, and your car won’t be properly prepared for the driving conditions ahead.
- Buy your new winter tires at the end of summer and have them fitted as soon as possible.
- This saves you storage costs, and a sudden drop in temperature won’t catch you off guard.
- +7°C is the agreed cut-off point – so buy your new tires or retrieve them from storage before the temperature drops in autumn, and likewise, change back to summer tires when the temperature recovers in the spring.
- A good quality set of winter tires should last 10 years when switching every six months.
- In some countries, fitting separate summer and winter tires is compulsory.