Winter Care for your Vehicle
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
Winter tyres aren’t the answer to all your problems this winter. We’ve got some easy tips to keep safe whilst the days are extra cold.
> We know getting up on these extra cold/dark mornings is bad enough as it is, but we’d recommend getting up at least 15 minutes earlier to give you time to prepare your car
> You’re not playing on the PS4, no need to recreate driving the tank with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen. Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer and don’t leave the driveway until this is completely done.
> Always choose to take the busier roads which are more likely to have been gritted and will be safer. Put safety before punctuality.
> Allow extra time for winter journeys but be prepared for the inevitability of being late for work due to unexpected delays. Don’t breathe on the lock, as the moisture will condense and freeze. Use a cigarette lighter to warm a key for a frozen lock.
Ice isn’t as great for everyone, especially drivers.
Driving in snow and ice
It’s all about simple, slow and calm manoeuvres in the snow and ice. No harsh revving or speedy turns. Remember that stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.
> If you have to use brakes, make sure your apply them gently.
> If your car is Automatic, you should be uber careful in the winter. Under normal driving conditions (motorways, etc) it’s best to select ‘Drive’ and let the gearbox do the work throughout the full gear range. In slippery, snowy conditions it’s best to select ‘2’, which limits the gear changes and also makes you less reliant on the brakes.
> Make the choice to pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid any potential wheel-spin.When going up hill, try to avoid having to stop part way up by waiting until it is clear of other cars or by leaving plenty of room to the car in front. Keep your speed at a constant, choosing the most suitable gear well in advance to avoid having to change down on the hill.
> When you’re going down hill, reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes. Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front.
> Worse comes to worst and you get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Try using something like a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip. Once on the move again, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground.
Now let’s get a bit more tyre specific. You should aim for at least 3mm of tread on your tyres during winter, but make sure tread is definitely no less than 2mm.
> One common winter myth that we’re ready to debunk is that you can reduce your tyre pressure to get more grip. But this IS NOT the case! This will only reduce your stability.
> Seriously consider changing to either winter tyres or all-season tyres. A winter tyre has a higher silica content in the tread which prevents it hardening at lower temperatures, and therefore gives better grip in cold, wet conditions.
> We’ve got some information about our new WinterCraft tyres below. Check them out!
- New compound technology for excellent braking performance in winter conditions
- Excellent traction on snow and ice with new tread pattern design and 3D sipes
- Optimised tyre construction for improved driving stability
- Enhanced performance on wet roads through new tyre contour design
- With M+S marking and snowflake (3PMSF)
- For midsize saloons, luxury and sports cars
- Newly developed High Performance Tyre
- Directional pattern design offering excellent resistance against aquaplanning
- Enhanced grip on ice and snow through latest sipe technology
- Silica tread compound for short braking distance
- With M+S marking and snowflake
- For compact and medium cars
Find out about Winter Tyres for your SUVS, Vans and more of our Winter Tyre Car range by clicking here.