Last winter, thousands of Volvo drivers made sure they kept moving – by fitting winter tyres at their local Volvo dealer.
Below 7° C the tread compound in standard tyres hardens and loses traction. But winter tyres not only retain grip, they can reduce stopping distances significantly – up to 11 metres on icy roads compared to standard tyres.
Plus, winter tyres cost no more than standard ones, and we can even store your existing tyres until the good weather returns.
Throughout many parts of Europe, including Sweden it is common and sometimes a legal requirement for drivers to fit winter tyres during the winter months. What makes a winter tyre different from a 'summer' tyre is the tread compound and tread pattern.
The design of the tread on a winter tyre allows the tread to bite in to snow and ice to give interlocking grip, which is critical in the centre of the tread where the tyre carries the highest load.
Although the UK does not suffer from extreme winters like many parts of Europe, it does, on average, have many days that are cold with a surprising number of them with ice and snow. Previous winters have resulted in chaos on the UK roads with many people struggling to get out of their road or driveway. In the UK there is currently no legal requirement to use winter tyres but with drivers being six times more likely to have an accident from October to March*, there is a strong argument for fitting them to your vehicle.
Due to the specially developed compound which contains more natural rubber and increased groove ratio a winter tyre can maintain excellent grip in snow/ice and wet conditions.In comparison to summer tyres, winter tyres reduce braking distance significantly in snow and ice.