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What climate tyre is right for you?


To help you decide the best tyre type for you, here is a guide to the general differences between the tyres:

Winter Tyres

• Performs best during the winter months, when the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius.


• Compound contains a higher natural rubber content - helping the tyre to remain flexible in freezing weather and conform to the road surface.


• The grooves of winter tyres are typically wider to channel snow and water. The latest generation also have smaller shoulder grooves to improve snow and ice traction.

All Season Tyres

• 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

Summer 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.

Popular Winter Tyres

We know that it is important to choose the right winter tyres for your vehicle and driving style.
To ensure that there is a choice for all types of motorists Blackcircles.com stocks a vast array of different winter tyres.

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Here are a selection of their favourite Winter Tyres

Michelin CrossClimate+

The Michelin CrossClimate+ provides safety in every weather condition - for added peace of mind.

  • // Safety in every weather condition
  • // Strong grip and traction in every season
  • // Approved for use in snow conditions
  • // Most popular size ordered - 225/45 R17
Michelin CrossClimate+

Goodyear UltraGrip 9+ (Winter Tyre)

The UltraGrip 9+ is a winter tyre designed by Goodyear to deliver an exceptional overall performance in hard winter weather conditions.

  • // Reliable braking performance on snow
  • // High resistance to aquaplaning
  • // Optimised tread wear
  • // Most popular size ordered - 205/55 R16
Goodyear UltraGrip 9+ (Winter Tyre)

Kumho WinterCraft WP71 (Winter Tyre)

The Kumho WinterCraft WP71 is a premium high performance winter tyre designed to deliver exceptional traction in winter conditions.

  • // Premium high performance winter tyre
  • // Improved wet performance and dry handling
  • // Block tread pattern design improves grip and stability when cornering
  • // Increased traction in winter conditions
  • // Most popular size ordered - 205/55 R16
Kumho WinterCraft WP71

Avon WT7 Snow (Winter Tyre)

The WT7 is a winter tyre developed to meet the requirements and needs of smaller cars in the market.

  • // Winter tyre for cars
  • // Performance tested in Alpine winter conditions
  • // Improved traction and braking in winter weather
  • // Most popular size ordered - 205/55 R16
Avon WT7 Snow

The Benefits of Winter Tyres

In temperatures below 7°C the compound and rubber in a summer tyre begins to harden. Winter tyres, and all season tyres, are constructed with a different type of rubber compound - containing a higher percentage of silica and natural rubber. This allows winter tyres to remain flexible and perform better in lower temperatures.

Enhanced Performance

Technology in winter tyres means it performs better when the temperature drops below 7° Celsius.

The special compound in winter tyres allows it to remains softer in low temperatures - offering more grip, better braking and precise handling.

The tread design of winter tyres has been specially created to offer better grip and traction in the snow.

Winter Tyres: Frequent Asked Questions

Is it worth putting winter tyres on your car in the UK?

Winter tyres enhance driving safety when the UK experiences frost, snow, and icy conditions – providing better grip, handling and braking. Featuring flexible rubber and aggressive tread, they help confidently navigate slippery roads. However, drivers should still ensure they carry out safe driving practices – such as longer distances between cars and lower speeds.

Do you need 4 winter tyres or 2?

It is generally recommended that you should fit winter tyres on all four wheels for balanced traction and handling when driving in snow and ice conditions.

Fitting winter tyres to only two wheels can cause uneven handling and braking. While two winter tyres may be acceptable for front- or rear-wheel drive in some instances, for maximum safety and performance it's best to have them on all four wheels.

When should I put winter tyres on?

When fitting winter tyres, if possible try to have them on your car when temperatures drop below 7°C. Before the first snowfall of the season is also a good time to aim for – as the tread compound and pattern of winter tyres have been formulated to tackle the unique challenges of ice, snow and freezing conditions. Always drive with caution, adjust speed and driving style to road conditions.

Do winter tyres use more fuel?

Winter tyres may have slightly higher rolling resistance – which leads to lesser fuel efficiency. However, the difference is usually small and offset by improved traction and handling in freezing conditions. Other factors affect fuel usage more – such as driving style, vehicle aerodynamics and weight. If you are concerned, look at the tyre labels for low-resistance winter tyres and maintain proper air pressure levels to maximise your fuel efficiency.

Why don't we use winter tyres all year?

Winter tyres are specially designed for cold, snowy, and icy roads. Their compound features higher levels of pliable rubber for increased flexibility – allowing the tyre to contour to the road. An aggressive tread pattern for helps with better traction.

However, they may not perform to the same levels in warm, dry weather – due to the characteristics which improve their winter performance. Switching back to summer or fitting all-season tyres when temperatures rise will ensure better handling and longer tyre life.

Do winter tyres help on ice?

Yes, winter tyres are specifically designed to provide improved traction and handling on icy roads. The special rubber compound used in winter tyres, alongside the unique tread patterns of winter tyres have been designed to help grip the road surface, reduce the risk of slipping and improve braking performance.

Do winter tyres wear out faster?

Winter tyres may wear faster than a summer or all-season tyre in warmer conditions, due to the make up of their compound. However, this is offset by the fact they provide better traction in snow and icy conditions. It's best to use winter tyres only in winter months – switching to summer tyres once the winter is over.

Are winter tyres OK in the summer?

Winter tyres won’t provide optimal performances when driven on in warm (temperatures above 7°C), dry weather and will wear quicker due to the higher rubber content in the tread compound. It's recommended to switch to summer or all-season tyres during the warmer months - to enjoy an all year round tyre performance.

Popular car models for winter tyres


The extensive range of winter car tyres stocked at Blackcircles.com is suitable for a wide range of vehicles - and available from a wide variety of renowned tyre manufacturer brands. Listed below are a number of the most popular vehicles that we currently supply winter tyres to, as well as the most popular sizes, that are used on these vehicles.

BMW 3 Series

Experience the epitome of luxury and performance with the BMW 3 Series.


  • // Sleek design and aerodynamic styling
  • // Advanced technology and intelligent features
  • // Precise handling and exhilarating performance
  • // Most popular size ordered - 255/35 R19
BMW 3 Series

Volkswagen Golf

A legendary hatchback that combines style, practicality, and performance.


  • // Elegant design with timeless appeal
  • // Efficient and powerful engine options
  • // Cutting-edge safety features
  • // Most popular size ordered - 225/40 R18
Volkswagen Golf

BMW 5 Series

a sleek and sophisticated saloon that effortlessly combines refinement with athleticism. With advanced connectivity features, this car offers an exceptional experience for both business and leisure purposes.


  • // Remarkable driving dynamics
  • // modern design, boasting sleek and contemporary aesthetics
  • // Luxurious and sophisticated interior
  • // Most popular size ordered - 225/55 R17
BMW 5 Series

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is a standard hatchback produced by car manufacturers Ford


  • // Roomy interior
  • // Fuel efficient
  • // Advanced technology
  • // Most popular size ordered - 195/50 R15
Ford Fiesta

Low prices on big brands

Since 2001, we’ve been making it as easy as possible to buy winter tyres online, whilst also offering a great selection and fantastic savings.

Whether you are in the market for winter, you will find that Blackcircles.com stocks a wide variety - from the world’s most renowned tyre manufacturers. With local tyre fitting.

If fitted tyres is not an option you require, you can also have your cheap tyres delivered directly to a location of your choice - whether it's your own address, or that of your own local tyre fitter. Simply select the 'Mail Order' option when buying your tyres online through Blackcircles.com.