Why Aren’t Winter Snow Tyres Used in the UK?
In Britain, we generally see a limited amount of snow in the winter. However, over the past two years we have seen extreme snowy conditions which has led to calls for more use of winter tyres, also referred to as snow tyres.
Winter ‘Snow’ Tyres in the UK
A big question remains; why don’t we use suitable tyres for the different conditions? It seems as people still need to understand the actual benefits but then there are concerns over costs. During previous winters people may have been able to struggle for a little while. However, with the prolonged extreme snow and winter conditions consumers may now be warming up to the benefits of using winter tyres in the snow.
Lets take a look at the technical differences between the winter tyres:
It is mistakenly thought that winter tyres are for use only on snow and ice. Winter tyres are designed to be used in low temperature conditions (below 7°C). They provide better grip in these conditions and are much better in the snow than normal summer tyres.
They are designed largely for one reason, for use in snow and ice. They are often used in extreme snow fall conditions, rarely seen in the UK compared to other parts of the world. The rubber is embedded with metal studs, biting into the snow and ice to provide grip.
For those that do decide to travel over the winter period, check the weather, check what Twitter says, and make sure you prepare for driving in bad weather conditions.