Would you go outside wearing flip-flops in the snow? No – so why continue using standard summer tyres when the temperature drops? Investing in winter weather tyres and alternating between these and your standard tyres can increase the lifespan of both sets, saving you money in the long run – not to mention providing you with a better, safer drive in cold weather.
Watch this video to get a better grip on winter weather tyres, and check out our frequently asked questions below for further information.
When should you change to winter weather tyres?
Winter weather tyres are designed to provide better grip on the road surface in conditions where the temperature is less than 7⁰C. Typically in the UK this is between October and March. The tyres are manufactured with higher levels of natural rubber and silica which is combined with a tread pattern designed to help the tyre bond with the road at lower temperatures. This gives better grip and improved stopping distances versus standard tyres in cold weather, improving the vehicle’s handling characteristics.
How do winter weather tyres affect stopping distances?
Icy road: Winter weather tyres had an improved stopping distance of 11m
Snowy road: Winter weather tyres had an improved stopping distance of 8m
Are winter weather tyres only for use in the heavy snow?
Definitely not. All modern winter weather tyres are designed for optimal safety below 7⁰C, in the cold, wet, ice and snow, offering superior performance in all winter conditions.
Do I need to replace all my tyres with winter weather tyres if I only have a front wheel drive car?
Yes, it is essential that all four tyres are replaced at the same time. The car may skid or be more difficult to control if only two winter weather tyres are fitted to one of the axles.
Can I drive at my normal speed on winter weather tyres?
Winter weather tyres, by design may have a slightly lower speed rating than standard tyres. For example a winter weather tyre that has an H rating has a maximum speed of 131mph and this should not compromise your driving in winter conditions.
Do winter weather tyres wear out quicker?
No, winter weather tyres are designed to perform and last better in colder conditions.
When should I change back to my standard tyres?
It is recommended that in March, when average temperatures should be nearing 7⁰C in the morning, you should change back to standard tyres.
What’s the best way to store my standard tyres for winter?
It is recommended that each tyre is stored in its own bag and stacked, so that they are lying flat on the ground horizontally. To find out more about winter weather tyre storage recommendations, please contact your local Toyota Centre.
For more information and to get a quote for winter weather tyres, contact your local Toyota Centre.