Winter tyre warning for drivers

Winter tyre warning for drivers

British drivers could be slapped with on-the-spot fines if they are found to be using the wrong tyres while driving in Europe during winter.

Standard 'summer' tyres are deemed to not provide enough grip to be safe in severe wintry conditions on the continent and drivers can be fined in Germany and certain European ski resorts if they do not a sport a more seasonal version.

Which? has voted the Continental's ContiWinterContact TS 850 as the best tyre for grip and stability in cold weather.

Not only do two sizes of the TS 850 - often fitted to Audi A3 and Renault Clio cars - perform well in all conditions during winter, the tyre manufacturer says they last longer and roll more easily than previous versions. Fitting cold weather tyres on vehicles reduces the likelihood of drivers becoming stuck in snow and needingbreakdown assistance during the winter.

The Which? team of independent consumer advisers struggled to find fault with the 17-inch tyre and gave it the highest score in its category, while the smaller version offered good grip in dry, wet, snowy and icy conditions. They were also impressed by its fuel economy and low wear.

Copyright Press Association 2014