A Cold Weather Tyre contains more natural rubber so it does not harden when it’s cold. This ensures that the tyre stays flexible in low winter temperatures (below 7°C) which help reduce the stopping distance and maintain excellent grip on snow and ice as well as on wet roads in cold conditions.
The design of the tread on a Cold Weather Tyre allows the tread to bite into the snow and ice to give interlocking grip, which is critical in the centre of the tread where the tyre carries the highest load. In addition, a Cold Weather Tyre has an increased groove ratio and up to 10 times the number of sipes than a normal Summer Tyre.
If you are planning to take your vehicle abroad this winter, it is important to note that throughout many parts of Europe it is sometimes a legal requirement for drivers to fit Cold Weather Tyres during the winter months.