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Should I buy Winter Tyres? Cost and Benefits

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What are the pros and cons of fitting winter tyres on your vehicle, and are they cost-effective?

Considering many hazards like rain, snow, black ice, wet roads, which sometimes can become fetal. Fitting winter tyres to your vehicle can be a significant safety asset. But after all, it depends on your cause and figuring out if they are suitable for you.

What are winter tyres?

Winter tyres are created to serve maximum grip and resistance in cold weather. They are carved with deeper grooves, softer compound and narrow cuts with sipes built into the tread. These specifications are designed to disperse water or snow and allow the material to move with increased contact with the road.

To identify a winter tyre, look for the snowflake symbol on the sidewall. If not found any, you’ll likely see a symbol marked mud & snow (M+S), which is not necessarily a genuine winter tyre.

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Winter Tyre Benefits

Winter tyres are recommended to be fitted when the vehicle is operated at a temperature below 7°C. Although the name suggests, indeed they exceed our expectations in conventional summer as well.

According to Tyresafe, an independent road safety charity, below are the valuable stats to look into.

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On snow, especially being around for long enough, widens the gap between the structure considerably enough. While winter tyres offer sipes that grips even when the tread is sealed with soft snow.

Are winter tyres cost-effective? How much do they cost?

Winter tyre prices depend upon various aspects, such as your vehicle type and wheel size. In the UK, they are slightly more expensive than a standard summer tyre. Not including the Fitting costs, of course.

It’s essential to keep in mind that winter tyres are very long-lasting no matter however significant the cost is. Especially when you buy a ‘winter wheel’ set to avoid swapping twice a year. Therefore, even the initial outlay is relatively high, the long-term cost of winter tyres, including maintenance, is significantly low.

With that being said, If you don’t have any suitable shed or a garage, you may need to pay an additional amount for storage at a Tyre Hotel. For example, ATS Euromaster charges £7.50 per tyre per season.

Fitting winter tyres usually should not affect your car insurance, but we recommend checking with the provider. And mind that your supplier usually fits them for you.

What does the law say about winter tyres?

Winter tyres aren’t mandatory in the UK. Only a tiny percentage of drivers choose to fit them, many of whom live in more remote areas – such as the Scottish Highlands.

Although winter tyres are not essential in the UK, a considerate amount of drivers choose to fit them in remote areas.

For instance, in mainland Europe – Sweden, winter tyres are mandatory from the beginning of December to March-end. In Austria, you are obligated to fit winter tyres between 1st November & 14th April to avoid a €5,000 fine.

We suggest all the drivers to check the local guidelines before travelling to stay safe and abide by the law.

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