Winter weather has most certainly arrived and with it comes the increased risk of wet, icy and snow-covered roads. In the latest blog post by B.J.Banning, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of winter tyres and whether you need to invest in them.

How extreme the winter weather is will depend on where you live in the world. Some countries are guaranteed to get snow when winter arrives, and in such locations, it is not uncommon for individuals to change their tyres as soon as the winter season begins. However, in the UK, this doesn’t always happen, at least to the same depth.

Winter tyres are made for use during temperatures of 7 degrees or lower. Unlike normal, “summer” tyres, winter tyres use a rubber with a higher silica content and different tread pattern to keep them flexible in low temperatures, and give better a braking and handling performance.

Although there are some distinct advantages to using winter tyres, as outlined above, we’ll now discuss the disadvantages of winter tyres.

One distinct disadvantage of having two separate sets of tyres for your vehicle is the associated cost. It is estimated that if winter tyres were compulsory, £15 billion would be spent on purchasing, fitting and storage.

Compound tyres work in a similar way to winter tyres and may be seen as the middleman between summer tyres and their winter counterpart.

Typically, most drivers will avoid using their car in extreme weather conditions and because it is rare for such weather to occur frequently in the UK, the extra cost and hassle of having new tyres, and possibly new wheels, would be unjustified.

Here at B.J.Banning Limited, we have been offering a wide range of vehicle services for many years, including fitting new tyres, carrying out comprehensive MOT’s, car servicing and much more. If you would like more information regarding our wide range of services or would like to make an appointment, we welcome you to contact us. Please call on 0121 327 2741 or complete our online contact form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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