The Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Winter Tyres

As winter approaches in the UK, we know we will see lots of rain, but it is also likely we will see a mix of snow, slush, and ice too.

Although all-season tires can be used during the winter, switching to winter tires is highly recommended.  It is especially true if you reside in an area that frequently experiences ice and snow, or in rural areas which are not gritted/cleared on a regular basis.  It is important to choose proper tires for your vehicle if you have to drive in snow and ice as these situations can be tricky and dangerous.

It doesn't matter how good a driver you are, there may still be hazards on the road in the winter such as slush, black ice, and more that could affect your grip on the wheel or even cause you to lose control. Since winter tires are specially designed, it is crucial that you switch to them before becoming victim to this nasty weather.  The new design will provide great performance in the snow through a better gripping force that will allow vehicles to power through snow and ice.

Choosing the right winter tires can be a challenge for every driver, so you're probably trying to figure it out. If they give you advice, ignore them. The winter tires your brother in law found may be amazing, but that doesn't mean that they are the right tires for your car. The importance of considering your vehicle type and driving habits when selecting your tires cannot be overstated.

When purchasing your next set of winter tires, here are tips to help you strike the right balance between your needs and your budget.

Identify the size of your tires

It is absolutely essential to know your tire size before you go to the store. It will be the first question they will ask you. Make sure that your winter tires and your summer tires are alike. Take a look at the sidewall of your tires to determine the size. The code is similar: P225/60 R17.


Know the types of roads you drive on


Choosing the right winter tires is crucial. What is your main route of travel? Is it mostly city roads, highways, or side roads? When it comes to tires, make sure you purchase high-quality ones if you drive a lot. Driving a compact car under poor conditions can be especially risky, as they are more likely to skid. For city driving, tires with good price/quality ratios are best.


Observe the tires


Make the trip to the store, regardless of how obvious it seems. Comparing the quality of the different tires available can be done visually, especially the grooves, flexibility, and lateral stiffness. It is important to remember that large grooves help to displace snow and slush on winter surfaces. Additionally, you can check the quality of tires manufactured at a lower price. The cost may be lower, but they will wear out much faster and perform worse.


The right questions need to be asked


Buying winter tires can be made easier with the right questions from your chosen supplier. Along with the regular use of the vehicle, they will ask the following questions: how much your vehicle costs annually, where you live, and what your budget is.


An expert will also ask if you need reinforced tires to enhance traction when turning, as well as explain the pros and cons of different tread types (with or without studs), including the noise emitted by each.