Are winter tyres worth investing in?

are winter tyres worth investing in?

Are winter tyres worth investing in?
Across many countries in northern Europe, using special tyres for winter is a legal requirement, yet many drivers don’t know about the benefits attached to winter tyres in the UK. Buying winter tyres can be regarded as a shrewd investment and can save you a great deal of time, money and worry in the long run. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages to buying winter tyres right now.

Not just for snow
Despite what you may expect, winter tyres aren’t just for snow. They are in fact designed to serve you well in all sorts of winter weather. The difference between winter tyres and their conventional counterparts is that they are manufactured from a special formulated rubber compound which is softer than the material used for ‘normal’ tyres. Furthermore, they are designed for temperatures below 7°C. Winter tyres perform particularly well in wet conditions too. They feature a special tread pattern called siping that results in better grip on cold, wet roads and can deliver shorter stopping distances, even on the ice and snow.

Reducing accidents
It’s thought that the widespread use of winter tyres could dramatically reduce the number of accidents occurring on British roads during the colder months. Winter tyres can benefit drivers across the UK but can be particularly advantageous for those living in Scotland and the North of England where temperatures regularly drop below 7°C in the winter. Another great reason for buying winter tyres is that they can make your standard tyres last longer. Normal tyres degrade up to 40% faster during the winter months, but you prolong their lives by switching to special alternatives throughout the winter.

Reducing Insurance Premiums
You can even reduce your insurance premiums by using winter tyres. In the Netherlands, studies have been carried out that showed vehicles using cold weather tyres were involved in far less accidents than those with normal tyres, and as a consequence, those with cold weather tyres benefit from cheaper insurance. If you can’t afford to keep two sets of tyres, you could use winter tyres all year round. Winter tyres don’t wear as quickly during the summer as standard ones do during the winter.

We’re here to help
At One Call Accident Management, we highly recommend the use of winter tyres to reduce the chances of being involved in an accident whilst out on the road during the winter months. We are a one-stop shop for advice and assistance if you are involved in a road traffic accident and always do everything in our power to get you back on the road at the earliest opportunity.
We provide round-the-clock assistance throughout the UK and can arrange swift delivery of suitable alternative vehicles if you are no longer able to use your car after an accident. We are also able to direct you towards various reputable bodyshops to help you with the repair process and can help you find suitable personal injury lawyers if you have been in a non-fault road accident. To find out more, call 0800 999 4042, send a message to or contact us through the site.