What are snow tyres and what unique features do they have?

Your car’s drivability depends consistently on the tyres it’s running on, especially to provide the necessary performance as per terrain conditions. Although you can pull through most of the year across UK, other than the northern fringes, with a set of all-seasons, winter and snow tyres are a common necessity.

There is a common perception that a set of tyres, irrespective of their type, can last through the year. However, what every Brit car owner should know is that when it comes to safety, tyres play an extremely vital role in their safety letting alone performance and drivability of their vehicles.

Coming to snow tyres, you should have a proper idea about them starting from ‘why’ all the way to the ‘which.’

What is a snow tyre?

A snow tyre is a variant of a winter tyre. It is a purpose-built tyre meant to handle below freezing temperatures, and ice or snow-covered roads. These tyres differ from summer tyres in their tread design. They have larger gaps between two treads than their counterpart, to increase traction on snow and ice.

But the most glaring difference between snow and winter tyres is that the former comes with studs to grip into snowy and icy terrain. Do note though, driving with these tyres on regular tarmac is a strict no-no if you want to avoid irreparable damage to the tyre body.

There are several reasons why you should change into snow tyres in Doncaster or anywhere else in the UK whenever the temperature drops below 4°C. Here are some of them –

  • Snow tyres can operate on a variety of surfaces, be it wet/dry pavement, mud, ice or snow.
  • These tyres sport grooves that are designed in a way so that snow can penetrate inside the treads to provide optimal road grip.
  • Snow tyres sport with metal or ceramic studs for the best possible grip in snow.
  • It will not be completely true to say that snow tyres eliminate skidding. But they do a significantly better job in comparison to all other types of tyres.

How much does a snow tyre cost?

Snow tyres are somewhat more expensive than ordinary summer tyres. However, the price tags vary depending on the model of the car and the company that manufactures the tyres. You can purchase tyres from Harworth Tyres Services. They stock a wide range of products, including tyres from reputed companies like Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone, etc. and offer them at affordable prices.

Remember to change the entire set of 4 whenever you are changing your car’s tyres. Getting just a pair will unbalance the traction of the vehicle severely, thereby increasing the chances of an accident.

Can you use them in summer?

Your snow tyres in Harworth will wear out in a single ride if you ride them in summer. Because of their softer rubber material and presence of larger gaps, these tyres can overheat and wear out the tread grooves on warm asphalt. If you are using snow tyres with studs, they might even break and damage the tyre’s carcass.

Apart from these points, remember to store them properly when not using them. The lifespan of a tyre depends on a lot on proper storage. Tyres should be stored with the rims attached, and you should avoid stacking them one on top of another. Remember to inflate them to the recommended tyre pressure, and preserve them in a cold and dry place.

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