Here at Craig Motors we are a big advocate of winter tyres, all weather tyres and cold weather tyres in general. As we all know, Scotland and more notably 'The Borders' has it's fair share of snow, ice, slush, frost and rain over the winter months on our roads. These are all common traits associated with lowering temperatures, and more challenging driving conditions.
For your safety during the winter season, we would always recommend changing to winter tyres to fully maximise the advantageous properties they give over standard summer tyres. We also stock a range of all weather tyres that are fully usuable across the whole year. All weather tyres offer more flexibility if you don't have adequate storage space for your summer tyres during the winters months.
"Winter tyres are designed to optimise at temperatures below +7 degrees centigrade"
To help you decide if winter tyres are right for you, we have put together some informative points below about what advantages you can expect to receive from winter tyres, over standard summer tyres.
- Reduce aquaplaning risk. Winter tyres have a very specific tread pattern designed to reduce the risk of aquaplaning by dispersing greater amounts of water from the tyre more effectively. Aquaplaning occurs when very wet roads, or areas of built up water lie on the road surface. This could lead to vehicles travelling over the standing water experiencing a 'floaty' feeling as the tyre is unable to exit the water fast enough from the tread.
- Reduce braking distances. Compared to summer tyres, winter tyres generally offer a 10% reduction in stopping distances on wet roads and lower temperatures. If you drive on snow and ice, stopping distances can reduce by up to 20% versus a standard summer tyre.
- Practicality and performance. If fitted in Autumn, winter tyres offer mobility all the way through to Spring without the risk of any unforseen changes in weather conditions. If conditions allow, winter tyres also offer performance on dry, damp, wet, icy and snowy roads without compromising your travelling plans. At temperatures below +7 degrees centigrade, winter tyres enable better all round performance and mantain a higher level of driving comfort compared to the direct summer tyre option.
"The handy snowflake icon in our online store designates the winter tyre option"
As winter is fast approaching, we have already started to stock more winter and all season tyres. Please feel free to browse our live online tyre store via the 'tyre search' facility for any winter tyre requirements you have.
For assistance we have created a handy 'Winter' filter under the 'Specialist Type' section on the left hand side of the search results page. Also, we have added snowflake icons on search results to designate the winter tyre range from the standard summer tyres. We hope this will prove useful when placing your cold weather tyre orders with us.
If you struggle in any way to find the tyres you require, please free to call us on 01450 376169 or via the 'contact us' routes on our home page. We will be happy to help with any request you have.