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How Winter Tyres Make Your Car Safer

During the cold winter months, it is vital we take extra precautions to ensure we are safe on the road. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t drive when faced with the threat of ice and snow, but if you need to get to work or pick the kids up from school, you are left with little choice. If you fall into this category, it is essential for both your own and your family’s safety to equip your vehicle with winter tyres. Here’s how winter tyres help keep you safe in the cold months.

Softer Compound

Winter tyres are made with a higher rubber content than regular tyres, resulting in a softer material. This allows the tyres to better grip the road during frost, ice, snow, sludge, rain and mud. Additionally, the softer tyres do not harden as much as their regular counterparts during freezing conditions, ensuring they work effectively regardless of the temperature.

Even when there’s a downpour because it isn’t cold enough to snow, you will still reap the benefit of winter tyres; they’re designed to be effective in the wet as well as the cold.

Larger Grooves

The grooves on your tyres allow water to pass through them. They help to keep the rubber in contact with the road, and reduce the chance of skidding or aquaplaning. During winter, however, there’s a good chance that your tyres will have to contend with more than just water. Winter tyres have wider, deeper grooves that allow more water to pass through, and are better suited to handling snow and sludge.

Increased Tread Depth

Your tyre’s tread is the part that comes into direct contact with the road. It ensures proper traction, consistent acceleration and a safe stopping distance.

Having a low tread depth (beneath 1.6mm) is both unlawful and unsafe. In the winter, it is important that your tread depth is significantly higher than the minimum. Winter tyres have a tread depth of up to 9mm, giving your vehicle the ability to stay glued to the road.

Get Your Winter Tyres Today at German Specialists Ltd

You can’t put a price on safety. If you are spending a lot of time in your vehicle this winter, we recommend that you invest in some winter tyres.

German Specialists Ltd provide safe, reliable and affordable winter tyres. If you are based in or around Stockport, South Manchester or Cheshire, please give us a call on 01614764422 to see how we can help. Alternatively, you can fill in a contact form and we will be in touch.

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