Are winter tyres worth it?

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

It sounds like a great idea – better grip in snow and ice. But do you really get your money’s worth out of winter tyres, or is it simply another way of selling you more tyres?

Winter tyres become effective below 7 degrees Celsius. Above that, the stickiness required to make them adhesive in poor conditions causes them to wear much faster. They cost up to double the price of a normal tyre, and are harder to source.

It does go below 7 degrees for about 3 months in the UK, but really the tyres are most useful when the ground is thick with snow or ice. Thankfully, the number of days when that’s the case are still fairly limited – even more so when you consider that most major roads tend to be well gritted.

Also – halving your stopping distance can make you more prone to rear impact accidents, as there’s a good chance the person following you doesn’t have winter tyres.

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Mobile tyre fitters

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Replacing the tyres on a vehicle often needs to be done at least once a year depending on how much you use it. You can take you car to a garage or tyre fitter but will generally either have to wait around for it to be done or leave it with them.

Mobile tyre fitters are a great way to get the tyres changed whilst allowing you to carry on with your day to day routine. Most mobile fitters will either come to your place of work or home address depending on what is most convenient for you. They will often say that the price for the tyre includes the charge for them coming out to you as long as it is within a set amount of miles radius to them.

If you develop a puncture, then you do not want to have to worry about trying to recover the vehicle to a garage. Many mobile fitters will even come to you on the roadside and fit the new tyre there and then allowing you to get on your way.

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