Winter tyres are not what most people think they are. They are not wrapped in snow chains and can actually be used all year round, although they perform better in the wet. The main difference with winter tyres is the temperatures that they work best in are sub 7 degrees. Over the last few years we have seen snowy conditions bring the UK to a standstill. With our airports terminating flights and some people stuck on motorways over night. The government are generally criticised for the lack of preparation. Although it is difficult to prepare for something that you may only have a few days notice of! With budgets being stretched in all directions they can not afford to invest in the few days of snow that we get a year. So can we do more ourselves to prepare for these winter conditions? You can have winter tyres fitted to another set of wheels or it is recommended if you can not afford to buy both sets of tyres to have the winter tyres fitted for all year use.
Four wheel drive vehicles have so many tyre options available. This is because of the boom in four wheel drive vehicle sales. These vehicles’ uses are so varied with the top end luxury four wheel drive costing in excess of one hundred thousand pounds! The luxury tyres are designed for on road comfort, speed, handling and noise reduction. Vehicles that will need to go off road will need a different tyre these will have a larger tread pattern. This allows the tyre to disperse the water and the chunky tread helps pull the vehicle over rough terrain. Pickup trucks will also have the options as these are classed as van tyres, although some pickup trucks are made for the private market place and are quite luxurious fitted satellite navigation and leather seats.