Cold and dark...
Slowly, the cold season sneaks back in. The days are getting shorter, the trees are losing their leaves, and the streets are getting slippery again. Now is the time to switch from summer tyres to winter tyres. The traditional rule "O to E" - winter tyres should be used from October to Easter - for many people in the UK, this simple rule still seems a bit meaningless. But we at Sawmoco Ltd think: "Better safe than sorry!"
Know your tyres!
So how do you recognise a suitable winter tyre?
First of all, the winter, the summer and the all-season tyres differ significantly in rubber compound and profile. A winter tyre has a substantially softer rubber compound than its fair weather relatives, which allows it a much better grip especially in cold temperatures. A profile with fine fins literally bites away in the snowy ground and thus ensures stable propulsion. In addition, winter tyres on the flank are marked with "M + S" and the so-called "Alpine symbol", a three-pointed mountain pictogram with a snowflake. The latter is mandatory since January 2018.
Truth or duty?
Although there is no obligation by law in the UK to use winter tyres, you should keep your and others safety in mind.
In case you get involved in an accident (even if it is not your fault), you might face problems with your insurance company for inadequate tyres.
Also remember, if you are planning a winter holiday abroad, in many countries you have to use winter tyres by law.
But the best winter tyre is of no use if the tread is too low. The legislator presupposes a minimum profile depth of 1.6 mm, but we at Sawmoco Ltd as well as many other experts think a profile of less than 4 mm cannot guarantee optimal winter performance.
Also, the age of the tyres plays a significant role when it comes to optimal performance: a winter tyre should never be older than six years.
The tyre age is best recognised by the DOT number attached to the tyre flank. This 4-digit combination consists of the production week (first two digits) and the production year (last two digits). The DOT number 4417 would, therefore, say that the tyre was manufactured in the 44th week of 2017.
We hope this information was helpful to you. If you want to look for winter tyres now, just stay on our website.
In our tyre section, you will be able to choose from a vast variety of winter tyres. Just type in the tyre size you need or your vehicles reg. the number and choose the winter tyres that best suit your budget.
In case you are not sure which ones to buy, please contact us. Our Sawmoco Ltd team will be more than happy to help.