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Which tyres are right for me this Winter?

Michelin 22 Oct 2012

Which tyres are right for me this Winter?

As the cold weather approaches, it’s time to make sure your car is ready to cope with any potential snowfall and drop in temperature. One of the first things you need to think about, for the sake of your family’s safety, is Cold Weather tyres. But do you know the difference between a tyre with the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake” symbol and “M+S” tyres? Read on.

As your tyres are your car’s only point of contact with the snowy, icy or wet road, you need to make sure you choose the right ones. Only tyres which have the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol (a snowflake inside a mountain) have been tested for use in severe snow conditions.

If you want Cold Weather tyres which are suitable for a wide range of wintry conditions, it’s worth looking at tyres such as Michelin’s Alpin range. Cold Weather tyres can halve your braking distance in snowy conditions and they adapt better than standard tyres to cool temperatures.

What are “M+S” tyres?

“M+S” tyres, or Mud and Snow tyres, have been specially designed to improve your car’s performance in mud and fresh or melting snow. “M+S” relates to the tyre’s tread design which generally has solid grooves and/or the tread blocks are spaced further apart than those on standard tyres. Some “M+S” tyres are also all-season tyres, suitable for all year round, however their performance is not as high as designated summer tyres in hot weather or Cold Weather tyres in cold weather. Not all Mud and Snow tyres have been tested as Cold Weather tyres. On the other hand, all Cold Weather tyres carry the M+S mark.

Tips for tyres in Winter

Make sure you and your car are prepared for Winter. As well as choosing the right tyres, check their pressure, as it will drop in line with the reduction in temperature. Manufacturers also recommend changing all 4 tyres to Cold Weather tyres so you have maximum control of your car in difficult driving conditions. The speed index is often lower for Cold Weather tyres, so follow the tyre manufacturer’s recommendations. Driving with the right tyres for this Winter will increase your grip, maximise your safety and enable your car to perform at its optimum.

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