You're better off on Winter Tyres in temperatures of below +7°C
In the winter, when the temperature drops, your summer tyre's compound hardens and loses its flexibility, making it less grippy in these low temperatures.
Winter tyres are made from specially developed compound with more natural rubber so they don’t harden when it’s cold, which means that the winter compound mimics the summer compound in lower temperatures meaning increased grip on the road and greater safety.
Winter or snow tyres have additional grooves in the tread design called "Sipes". Sipes are narrow slices in the tyre that allow the grip blocks individual movement in low grip conditions including snow and ice but also dispensing of water better means that on wet roads performance is measurable better.
Many brake stop tests have compared the benefits of winter over summer tyres in temperatures below +7° C, many of these tests see the braking distances reduced by 19% on ice and snow.
Our main range of winter tyres are reliable tried and tested brands including: Goodyear, Dunlop, Continental, Sailun, Avon, Nankang, Sunny and Cooper. These brands all offer good performance but for varying budgets. The Goodyear tyres (Given a Best Buy rating by Which? magazine) excel in performance with their 3D-BIS Technology:
The Goodyear Ultragrip 9 offers high grip in all cold-weather conditions as does the exceptional new Dunlop Winter Sport 5. The winter tread compound maintains high grip levels at temperatures below 7 °C. The compound is long-wearing to give you extra mileage from your winter tyres.
Goodyear’s 3D BIS Technology® improves handling in unpredictable winter weather – from wet and dry roads, to ice, snow and slush. The optimized tyre shape puts more rubber in contact with the road, increasing control in slippery conditions. The UltraGrip 8 maintains handling performance even as the tire wears, thanks to a next generation V-tread design.
The Goodyear UltraGrip 9 reduces the risk of aquaplaning on slushy or wet roads. A double V-groove – one groove for evacuating water and one for gripping snow – ensures good control in wet and thawing conditions. When tested against competitors' tyres, the UltraGrip 8 offered 16% better resistance to aquaplaning on curved roads.