How To Make Sure Your Tyres Are Safe As We Get Towards Winter
Tick-Tock, tick-tock... Not long now, winter will soon be upon us. And that means snow and ice. And while this may be fun for the kids with the hope of snow days and sledging, it is not so fun for drivers. So to stay safe, follow our guide to making sure your tyres are winter ready.
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The AA recommends that everyone in the country has a tread of at least 3 mm for winter driving. More is better, and less than 2 mm is dangerous. A quick and easy way to test your tyre pressure at home is to buy a depth gauge for your tyres. Measuring the depth of your tread isn't difficult, but you shouldn't rely on guess work - especially in winter time. Knowing your exact thread measurement is a must. If you have any doubts at all, take your car to a professional to check for you. We'd be happy to have a look!
Tyre pressure is critical in winter too. The wrong pressure and your car will be difficult to drive, with handling and grip affected. If your car doesn't have enough pressure, it's more likely to rapidly deflate; this can be very dangerous on icy or snowy roads. Too much pressure and you'll lose grip. A properly inflated tyre will not only be safer but also last longer. To check your car's recommended tyre pressure, look in your vehicle's handbook, inside the fuel filler cap, or inside the driver's door sill.
How about winter tyres?
Did you know that winter tyres can be used all year round? But it's during the winter months, from November to March, that they really make a difference - particularly in colder climes. So how exactly are they different from normal tyres? Well, winter tyres have a higher silica content in the thread. So they're less likely to go hard in lower temperatures. What does this mean? Better grip in wet, cold and icy conditions, not just snow and ice! Anything below seven degrees and these tyres can really make a difference, not only to grip but also to stopping distances. We at Fife Autocentre stock a full range of winter tyres for cars, 4x4s, and vans. For five months of the year, winter tyres will be safer for your car than non-seasonal tyres.
If you have any questions about your tyres, or need any help, why not get in touch? We'd be happy to assist.