Winter/Cold Weather Tyres in Scotland

Winter tyres area relatively new phenomenon in the UK, as compared to many parts of Europe where you have to fit winter tyres by law.

The common misconception is that winter tyres can only be used during times of heavy snow or ice, when in fact they can be used during all types of poor weather (heavy rain, mud and slush) to give greater traction and better control.

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Benefits of Winter Tyres

The rubber compound of a winter tyre is designed specifically to work in temperatures under 7 degrees C and below are the key benefits:

  • improved performance, greater acauplaning resistance on wet and slushy roads
  • shorter stopping distances on ice,snow and wet roads
  • no loss of performance or comfort in normal conditions
  • increased tyre life- if you choose to remove the tyres when temparatures rise and store for next winter you can get four winters out of them.

10 Top Tips for Driving in Winter/Cold Weather

Driving conditions in winter can be extremely hazardous. We believe the best way to minimise the risks are to regularly get your car checked and equipped for the cold weather. Here are ten top tips for driving in cold weather conditions:

1. Battery

According to the AA – the no1 cause of winter breakdowns is down to your car battery. Come in to your local Strathclyde branch and get your car battery checked to avoid any mishaps.

2. Braking

Maintain a safe distance between your car and the car in front and try to avoid braking hard. Periodically check traction, or available grip, when driving in challenging conditions. Road conditions can change drastically in a short period of time or distance in winter. Apply the brakes with moderate pressure to determine the available grip and modify your driving, if needed, to respond to ever-changing road conditions.

3. Breakdown Kit

Prepare a breakdown kit, include a torch, bottled water, snacks, blanket, warm and waterproof clothing, high-visibility jacket and shovel in case of emergencies.

4. Fuel

Make sure you always have enough petrol to get you home safe. In case of emergencies, you should never go under ¼ tank of petrol.

5. Lights

Maintaining the best visibility is vital for dark winter mornings and nights. Check and clean your car’s headlamps on a regular basis. Make sure none of your lights are broken or dimmer than usual.

6. Screen Wash and Antifreeze

Adding more water to your screen wash can prevent it from freezing over in the colder temperatures. Also, ensure you have the correct coolant levels with the correct concentration of antifreeze to provide maximum protection in cold weather.

7. Steering

Maximize available grip by separating driving manoeuvres when negotiating a curve. Brake to an appropriate speed while travelling in a straight line prior to a curve. This allows you to use all of the available grip for negotiating the curve. Accelerate gradually when you are able to straighten the steering wheel at the exit of the turn. Also, avoid cruise control in wet, icy or snowy conditions. Maintain control of acceleration and deceleration at all times.

8. Tyres

Please ensure you have at least 3mm of tread and that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. If you can, upgrade to a set of winter tyres which are specifically designed for cold weather (temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius).

9. Windscreen

Does your windscreen allow maximum visibility on the road? Make sure your wipers are working properly, there are no obstructions to your view and your windscreen is clean. Always carry de-icer and an ice scraper in your car. De-ice your car before setting off and ensure all windows are fully clear. If it has been snowing, clear the snow completely off the roof and bonnet to make sure that it won’t slip off or blow up onto the windscreen when you are on the move.

10. And finally… Don’t drive if you don’t need to!

If the weather looks too treacherous, and if it isn’t absolutely necessary that you drive, then don’t. Safety comes first. Either stay indoors with a cuppa or wrap up and get your walking shoes on!

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At Strathclyde Tyres we stock a range of Winter Tyres across all our branches across Central Scotland, including Goodyear's UltraGrip 8

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Our top 10 tips are collated from various winter driving guidelines by:- the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Autoglass , tyre manufacturer Bridgestone and motor insurance company Saga.