Shorter braking distances
Greater traction and handling
Reliable safety on the road
In temperatures below 7°C the compound and rubber in a summer tyre begins to harden. Winter tyre and all season tyres are constructed with a different type of rubber compound - containing a higher percentage of silica and natural rubber – allowing the tyres to remain flexible and therefore performing better in lower temperatures.
The tread design of a winter tyre has been specially created to offer better grip and traction in the snow.
The special compound in winter tyres allows it to remains softer in low temperatures - offering more grip, better braking and precise handling.
Technology in a winter tyre means it performs better when the temperature drops below 7° Celsius.
The new Michelin CrossClimate all season tyre range delivers revolutionary performance in all weather conditions, throughout the year.
• Three-peak mountain snowflake accreditation
• Top performance in summer and winter conditions
• Benefits from Michelin Total Performance technology
Nokian’s high performance all weather tyre puts an end to the need to fit new tyres every time the seasons change from the summer to winter months.
• Auto Express All-Season Best Buy 2015
• Officially approved for use in winter
• Increased levels of grip in extreme winter weather
The Hankook I'cept Evo 2 W20 features an optimised tread pattern, designed to deliver reliable traction on snow and improve the handling priorities of the tyre in various winter conditions.
• Responsive handling
• Reliable braking performance
• Reduced risk of aquaplaning
Of all winter accidents, 68%* of them happen in urban areas
*Institute for Traffic Accident Research (VUFO)
Your guide to the general differences between the tyres:
• Optimum from Spring through to Autumn. When the average temperature is above 7 degrees Celsius
• Typically use a softer rubber compound – designed for good grip and traction when driving on dry and wet roads.
• Specialised tread patterns with shallower tread depths to focus on improved precision on the road, for improved handling in cornering and control at high speeds.
• Performs best during the winter months, when the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius.
• Compound contains a higher natural rubber content - helps to remain flexible in freezing weather, conforming to the road.
• The grooves of a winter tyre are typically wider to channel snow and water. The latest generation also have smaller shoulder grooves to improve snow and ice traction.
• Designed to cope with all sorts of conditions - good performance delivered throughout the year
• Moderate natural rubber content to stop the tyre hardening in temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius – enhancing grip
• Designed with moderate tread depths that have been engineered to help deliver a longer tread life than many summer tyres
It's not only on snow and ice that Winter tyres come into their own though. Once the thermometer dips beneath the 7°C mark, All Season and Winter tyres provide you with reduced braking in wet conditions and lessen the risk of aquaplaning when the snow begins to thaw. Watch them in action: