Last winter we saw the country covered in a blanket of snow but it is not only during icy conditions that your tyres become unsafe. Normal tyres contain a rubber compound that can start to harden at temperatures below 7°C. This reduces grip on cold, damp or wet roads, meaning longer stopping distances. Continental’s winter tyres, however, contain a cold-resistant rubber compound, as well as a special tread pattern, designed to increase grip below 7°C and reduce braking distances.
With temperatures dipping below 7°C from October through to March, waiting for the first snowfall before switching to winter tyres may be too late. Using cold weather tyres throughout autumn and winter could help you avoid becoming another accident statistic.
Braking on Wet Roads from 62mph (100km/h) to Rest
Below 7°C braking distances are shorter on wet roads with winter tyres
Count the Cost of an Accident
Winter tyres are not just for snow and icy conditions, they also provide higher levels of road safety on cold, damp road surfaces. If you take into account how much an accident would cost you – insurance excess, recovery costs and lost time – it makes sense to invest in a set of winter tyres.