Oh, the weather outside is starting to become frightful, but the fire is becoming more delightful, and since we’ve no place to go … well actually there are still plenty of places that you can go this winter, especially if you drive and you’ve got a first-class motor to get you from A to B. Still, the festive season and the winter weather do bring about a series of challenges, not least for your tyres which could have to trek through all sorts of snow, ice, sleet and everything in between. Of course, many cars come equipped with tyres that are designed specifically to handle tough road conditions, especially those at winter. But in the event that you’re still concerned, the question is: should you buy winter tyres for your car?
Really, it will largely depend on how much driving you’re likely to do, and where you’re likely to be heading. If you don’t drive to work and only use your car for leisure activities and visiting family members during the holidays (let’s say that your office is within walking distance), then one could argue that winter tyres are not a necessity. If, however, you drive to work every morning, and your office happens to involve a significant journey, then you may find that you will feel more confident behind the wheel on fresh winter tyres. Don’t underestimate the potentially large amount of shopping trips that could involve significant drive time, especially during those crucial final weeks. And if you and the family are heading out of town for Xmas, again consider whether winter tyres might provide a major helping hand for such an endeavour.
As we mentioned, though, some cars – in fact, a lot of cars – come prepared for winter with tyres that can get you through all sorts of road surfaces. After all, winter is one of four seasons in the year comprising an equal length, and why would you want a car with tyres that are only suitable for nine months of the year? You should check whether your car tyres are of a suitable standard, and if you find that they are (or that they’ve gotten you through winters past), then is a change really necessary when you consider that any winter tyres may seem obsolete once the sun cracks the flags again? Conversely, if you’ve found that your existing car tyres haven’t done the job in the past, then this will swing you more towards a new purchase.
And it may be stating the obvious, but think about checking the weather in your area as well. Some parts of the country don’t seem to attract a lot of snow, whereas in other regions, you’re potentially going to face blizzard-like conditions. The likes of ice and sleet are a given, but if you keep an eye on what the weather reports are stating, this will give you a better idea as to whether driving will become a harder task into December, January and February, and if you begin to wonder whether your tyres can handle the incoming inclement weather conditions, then maybe buying winter tyres would be the answer. But make sure that any tyres that you do go for would match the car that you are buying; this shouldn’t really be an issue for the most part, but the last thing you need is to be en route on a long journey, only for your winter tyres to hold you bac rather than push you forward to where you need to be.
Overall, there are multiple factors which will decide whether winter tyres are a necessity. Some swear by them, and others avoid them. It’s down to personal choice, and also past experiences. For new drivers, get advice from family and friends, but most of all ask yourself whether you really need them, how much you would need to drive and where to, and ultimately whether you would feel more comfortable with winter-specific tyres. Oh, and check the weather reports!
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