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Every car driver should have winter tyres put on for winter before the conditions become severe. You can buy a wide range of high quality winter tyres online from many suppliers, often cheaper than in stores.

Characteristics of winter tyres

Winter tyres are designed for snowy regions and wintry road conditions. A special rubber compound ensures that the tyre remains flexible even at low temperatures.

In a winter tyre, treads are equipped not only with a normal profile, as with summer tyres, but a special blade and lug design for optimum handling characteristics. The deep lamellar profiles engage well in soft snow. The fins also allow for extra traction (power transmission), by opening your stride. Winter tyres should not be used in the summer, because then there is a greater wear due to the heat. In addition, it is advisable to look at the test results of brand manufacturers, as these reveal the advantages and disadvantages of products and facilitate the purchase decision.

Latest test results of the leading winter tyre manufacturer

During winter tyre test of ADAC 2011 brands Continental, Dunlop, Michelin and Goodyear have come away with very good grades. The "Continental ContiWinterContact TS800" has reached the first place - with a top grade for driving on snow and low fuel consumption. Right after comes the "Michelin Alpin A4". This winter tyre is ideal if you want to drive on an icy road. In third place is the "Dunlop SP Winter Response" - a tyire that has all the safety-related points come off very well. A top score in the wet was the tyres "Goodyear Ultra Grip 8".

When buying witer tyres brand quality should always be respected in terms of safety.

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WINTER TYRES GUIDE

1. When should winter tyres be put on?

AAs a rule of thumb to remember when to change your tires: From O to E, ie from October to Easter, its go best to go with winter tyres.

Once wintry conditions begin to prevail in your area, you should have winter tyres on your auto. But what exactly is meant by "winter conditions"? That is also clearly stated in the Road Traffic Act. Winter conditions are described as the following five items, andAs a "winter conditions" and thus trigger the obligation for snow tyres appliesy:

  • Snow
  • Slush
  • Packed snow
  • Ice or slippery frost
  • Ice

To be sure not to be surprised by a sudden onset of winterThe worst thing that can happen in terms of your winter tyres is for you to be caught in winter conditions without the proper equipment. , We stronglyit is recommended that winter tyres be for sale by the autumn, and that you take the time and money to invest in tyres that will keep you safe.

If you have two sets of wheels - one for winter and one for summer -, you will not even have to go to the shop to have winter tyres put on.  You just need a jack and wrench, and you can change from summer or all season tyres to winter tyres in just a few minutes. .

Summer and winter wheels ease the transition between the seasons. The prerequisite is, of course, that not only two complete sets of tyres, but also a double set of wheels is available. : Oone set can be used for summer and one set can be usedof a kind for winter tyres.

If you have two sets of wheels (rims) now you can have one set with winter tyres on as long as you have somewhere to store them. If stored properly, a good pair of winter tyres they should last a few seasons.

Experts advise tomotorists to replace their winter tyres about every four years with new ones. Several factors can cause the tyre quality to decline:

  • Wear
  • Aging of the material
  • Tyre damage

Old, worn or even damaged tyres pose a greatter risk potential. By ordering your tyres ed online in advance before the peak of the winter season comes, you can expect a big savings (more about that later).

You might ask,But how do I know if the winter tyres from last year are still fit for next winter? Even if the tyres seem to be fine on the surface, it is best to pay attention to two things: tread depth and DOT number.

How old are my tyres? The DOT number provides that information.

Tyres are made mostly of rubber. Over time, the material that the tyres are made from hardens, resulting in a poorer grip. - Tthe tyre is then no longer any good. Therefore, even brand new tyres that have never been driven, will need to be discarded after about six or seven years.

But how do I know now how old my tyres are actually? Furthermore, are the DOT numbers reliable information? It is stamped on each tyre on the flank. Next to the DOT number can be found all sorts of other numbers and letter symbols. For the tyre age only the last four (highlighted by a border) figures are relevant. The first two digits reveal the calendar week; the last two the year of manufacture. These numbers are government regulated and are therefore completely reliable. Most of us don’t really look at our tyres, but it’s important, especially with winter tyres where grip is so critical, for the tyres to be checked and evaluated for age.

2. Detect wear: Measure tread depth

If your tyres aren’t too old, the next standard for usability is wear. In order to identify tyre wear at times, it is advisable to measure the tread depth at regular intervals. It is true that each tyre also has a so-called TWI, or Tread Wear Indicator. This abrasion indicator can be found next to a symbol of small triangles and the symbol TWI at the upper sidewall of the tyre. Here, tyre manufacturers make are continuous webs to recognize the tyre wear depth, and remains only a residual profile of 1.6 millimeters will begin to show the wear. The tyreIt should now be changed immediatelyurgently.

Although actually the highway code provides for only a minimum tread depth of just 1.6 millimeters, - but experts agree that this is far too little for maximum grip and safety. They recommend unanimously to mount new winter tyres at a remaining profile of 4 millimeters.

In order to determine reliably whether the question 4 millimeters of tyre tread is remaining tread are already achieved, it is therefore imperative periodically with a profile measuring device to check the tyres. In a pinch, a coin also helps: If the edge of the coin is concealed by the remaining profile, everything is in order. As soon as the edge of the coin can  be seen, the tyres must be changed.

The following brief overview summarizes the most important information and tips for measuring the tread depth once again:

  • Tread depth 1.6mm
  • TWI on tyre wall
  • 4.0mm Profile meter or euro coin

3. The profile of winter tyres

Especially with winter tyres a good profile is essential. It is crucial that t Finally, the tyres need to keep their grip not only in the wet but also in snow, slush and ice. For this, tyre manufacturers imprint them with a special profile. they get from the manufacturers a special profile imprinted.

A winter tyre tread consists of the following elements:

  • Profile ribs - the profile ribs are the ribs (sometimes called lugs) on the side of the tread which provide grip in turning situations. These ribs are important on winter car tyres because they provide the necessary turning grip for icy or snowy conditions. Cheap winter tyres generally have less pronounced profile ribs.
  • Tread blocks - The tread blocks are the sections of tread in the center of the tyre that provide the grip for motion on wet or slippery surfaces. Because the tread blocks include air gaps between them, each tread block component provides friction with the surface, and therefore provides the necessary grip for driving in slippery conditions.
  • Tread groove - The tread groove is the spacing between the tread blocks. Most tread grooves are circumferential, and provide additional air pockets which increase the grip of the tread blocks. These patterns contribute to what is commonly referred to as void patterns, or the ratio of tread block to groove space. The different void patterns provide differing grip on roads during the winter.
  • BlocksProfile blades - blocks are freestanding sections of tire positioned around the circumference of the tire and provide even greater void ratios for greater levels of friction and cohesion to the road in slipper conditions.

A special feature of the profile of winter tyres are also the slats or sometimes called lateral grooves. These are: small cuts in the tread blocks, often in a zigzag shape. Thanks to this fine patterns lamellae of winter tyres, these tyres are able to retains a firm hold in slippery conditions.

How do I know a good winter tyre?

The best and safest thing is to go with high quality, new tyres through the winter. But how can I recognize a good winter tyre? To navigate in the comfortable and safe areasty of your home, customerstyre shoppers can check different quality features simply by evaluating the tyres. :

  • Uniform symbols and markings of winter tyres - all winter tires can be evaluated by a set of uniform symbols and markings. These markings allow the consumer to compare tyres without even touching them.
  • Quality standards of certain brands and manufacturers - the old adage, “you get what you pay for” applies to winter car tyres just as much as anything else. Different levels of quality can be evaluated simply by knowing the manufacturer of the tyre and comparing different manufactures and their work product.
  • Independent tyre tests - Independent tyre tests are a great way to check the quality of your tyres. Because independent companies have done the testing, they are not biased by the large tyre industry. You can also find a quality ‘winter tyres review. which will provide you with more information.

If you want to be sure that you are buying a good productwinter tyres in the UK especially, it is best to not just rely on one of those criteria but keep all three in mind. It isn’t always the best to go with cheap winter tyres, simply because of the price. Often price on winter tyres can be a misleading indicator of quality and safety.

4. LABELLING ON THE BESTF WINTER TYRES

Labelling of winter tyres: Different quality standards

These can be recognized by the impression at the edge MS of the tyre and represents a shortcut for determining the quality of your tyre. s, Itwhich occurs in the following variations:

  • M + S
  • M * S
  • M & S

The MS-labeling is the most current regulation according to the minimum standard to be met by the tyre to make winter tyres mandatory. In concrete terms, if you are driving in winter conditions with a tyre which does not carry the MS symbol, you must pay a fine. M stands for mud and S stands for snow. Tyres that are labeled MS are rated as both mud and snow tyres. .

Customers are bettershould also be careful advised to pay attention to the Alpine icon. Also called the snowflake symbol, it shows the icon of a mountain with a snowflake. Only snow tyres that can demonstrate, in performance tests, an above-average traction, get the sign imprinted. Anyone who buys a winter tyre with the Alpine symbol can be sure that the tyre can cope with winter challenges and will maintain contact with the road and keep the occupants safe.

 

5. GETTING A GOOD DEAL ON SNOW TYRES

We understand that its expensive to buy the best winter tyres. In fact, the best brands can often cost a substantial amount of money. However, because winter tyres prevent loss of traction on the roadway, they’re an investment worth making. As we’ve already noted, a single pair of quality tyres may well last a consumer for up to four winters, depending on the length of your winter season.

There are several tips for getting the best price on good brands, without having to settle for cheap winter tyres.

For starters, it’s always good to buy your tyres off-season. Tyre manufactures rely on the fact that many consumers are not prepared for the season they are in. Therefore, winter tyre prices often skyrocket right as winter begins. The .best way to overcome this issue is to buy your winter tyres when no one else is buying. Usually the spring, right after Easter is a great time to look for quality tyres at discount prices. Tyre manufacturers have built up an inventory to service the needs of users during the winter, and now that inventory must be cleared out in order to make room for summer and all season models. This means deep discounts on various quality tyre models.

Secondly, it’s always wise to shop around for tyre prices. Winter tyres have a pretty strong minimum pricing (the price the tyre shop paid to the manufacturer) because they are expensive to make. However, often, tyre shops will advertise super-discounted pricing on a specific quality winter tyre simply to get customers in the door. The law requires that they honor that price for that specific tyre. However, once that tyre is sold out, they can start selling other types to consumers. This technique is called a ‘loss-leader’ in marketing circles, and usually consumers are taken in by it and pay full retail price for their tyres. However, a savvy consumer can watch for low price sales on tyres and be one of the first customers through the door when the discount arrives. Watching local ads, calling tyre shops and asking what their current sales are, and even using the internet to find good deals are all ways to get in on the loss-leader pricing.

Finally, consumers should always be wary of buying tyres at too cheap of prices. If you find a set of tyres that’s half price or less than the next price, it may be because the tyres are used and have been fit with new tread (commonly referred to as ‘retreads’). This type of tyre may look like a quality tyre for the money, but will have an exceptionally short lifespan. Most consumers are not able to tell the difference between retreads and real quality new tyres, and so it’s always wise to understand that you need to pay a price that reflects the quality and value of tyres. Again, the old adage that you get what you pay for applies here. Spend enough on your tyres so that you can have some certainty that you’re going to be ok for a longer time and they will last you several seasons. If you save some money over the summer, use that money to pick up a new set of snow tires and rims. They will help to maintain your safety, and will give you great traction during the dangerous driving of the winter months.

With the tips and advice you’ve just read inof our great Tyres.Net winter tyres guidebook, you are now optimally equipped for picking just the right types for this cold season.

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