Charity offers winter tyre advice

Drivers hoping for advice on winter tyres are being offered help by a motoring charity that has outlined their various advantages and disadvantages.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) winter tyres differ from normal ones in the kind of rubber they are made of and the tread patterns they are moulded into.

Rubber used for the tread on winter tyres remains soft and offers good grip even on icy roads, unlike the types used in regular tyres which tend to get stiff and lose grip as the temperature drops below seven degrees Celsius.

The grooves on winter tyres are wider and there are narrow slits around the edges of the tread section for improved grip on snow and ice, the charity explained.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "There are four options available in the UK: winter tyres, all-season tyres, snow chains and snow socks."

He said winter tyres would not have any impact on an MOT test orcar insurance premiums, but added that it would be "a good idea to make your insurance provider aware."

However, having two different set of tyres would mean additional costs and could pose problems in terms of storage, the IAM said.

Motorists who wish to avoid these can opt for all-season tyres that can be used throughout the year, although the IAM said they would not offer the same level of performance as tyres optimised for winter or summer.

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