Huge numbers of people decide to add winter tyres to their vehicles when the cold weather starts. It’s really important to make sure that you fit them before the cold snap sets in to ensure that you’re not left in the lurch and unable to use your vehicle. A lot of people rely on their vehicles for a wide variety of things including going to work and visiting family – not being able to use their vehicles would make life very difficult!
It’s advised that you fit winter tyres to your cars when the weather drops below 7 degrees Celsius. This temperature is when the roads can become difficult to drive on and your vehicle’s performance is comprised. Fitting your car with winter tyres improves your cars handling and breaking distance dramatically. It’s really surprising how much of a difference fitting more appropriate tyres can make.
If you’re really looking to improve your vehicles performance during the winter months, it’s advised to fit both winter tyres and winter wheels – this combination will ensure your car is well prepared for the harsh weather conditions. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your tyres do not make much difference to your vehicles performance – they can make your car considerably safer during winter.
People often make the mistake of leaving their summer tyres on through winter and ruining them. It’s important to bear in mind that with summer tyres, your braking distance will not be as short as it would with tyres that are suitable for the weather conditions. This would mean that with incorrect tyres, you’re more likely to have an accident. If you’re concerned about your safety throughout winter then purchasing tyres suitable for that time of year is very much advised.
It’s important to ensure that you store your summer tyres away correctly so that they’re in a good condition to be refitted to your vehicle once the warmer weather comes along. You need to ensure that when storing them, they will not be coming into contact with anything that can damage the rubber including sharp nails, chemicals or petroleum products. You should always stack them flat on top of each other or hang them. It’s important to ensure that when you put them into storage, you have previously cleaned your tyres fully with water (and make sure they’re dry when you put them away!). It’s important that you don’t use winter tyres in the summer as they will not aid for the best performance.