Is it worth purchasing winter tyres?

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Is it worth purchasing winter tyres?


You may have heard that colder and more demanding weather requires you to purchase a set of winter tyres for your car. In this article we tackle the pros and cons, and explain if it’s worth splashing out the cash on them.

What’s the difference between normal and winter tyres?

Winter tyres are designed to perform better in colder conditions, water, snow and ice, in particular for temperatures below +7°C. The main difference, in comparison to a normal tyre, is that the grip and tread depth is optimised and uses a softer rubber.  

I’ve heard it’s illegal to not have winter tyres, is this true?

In the UK, it’s not a legal requirement to have them fitted and is more of a recommendation. It’s completely your choice if you get them fitted. In some locations in Europe however, it is compulsory to have winter tyres from December until March, this is mainly due to the harsh weather that these locations will be faced with.

How effective are they?

Winter tyres are definitely more effective than your normal everyday tyres and this will be apparent especially for your stopping distances, traction, grip and fuel efficiency. Winter tyres will make driving on snow or ice much easier due to their design.

Do I need all 4 or can I combine normal and winter tyres?

You cannot combine winter tyres with normal tyres and must fit all 4 if you make the decision to purchase them. This is due to the different tread patterns of the tyres which can actually make your driving more dangerous. Winter tyres can be distinguished by the snowflake icon that you will see on the sidewall of the tyre.

How much can I expect to pay for them?

There is not a set cost and it completely depends on your car and the brand of tyres you end up purchasing, however for a set of 4, prices can start from around £200. If you are looking to purchase them, get in touch with our team and we can find out which ones would best suit your car and let you know the cost before fitting them.

Concerned your tyres need checking?

Even if you are deciding not to fit winter tyres, it is still worth checking that your tyres are legal and safe. If you are unsure on any of these checks, give Star Tech a call on 01202 694758 or get in contact here.

Need more autumn/winter car tips?

Both the Star Tech and Star Automotive blogs will have winter tips added over the next few months, take a look at the latest post on Mercedes maintenance for autumn.

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