Stay on Track with Mercedes-Benz Cold Weather Tyres
Preparing for the winter means making sure your car is equipped for the right weather. Cold Weather Tyres offer improved safety and superior performance in wet, icy and snowy conditions.
Summer tyres wear quicker when the outside temperature drops below 7°C, that's why in most European countries it is common practice for drivers to fit Cold Weather Tyres in late autumn and to revert back to standard in the late spring.
When the temperature drops below 7°C the tread compound in normal tyres begins to harden and gives you less grip. Modern rubber compound technology and advances in tread design mean that today's Cold Weather Tyres reduce this hardening effect, providing higher levels of road safety on cold and damp road surfaces.
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Independent research has shown that UK drivers feel less safe when driving in winter conditions. With additional levels of grip and an improved stopping distance Cold Weather Tyres can help allay such fears.
|During winter time Cold Weather Tyres change the braking behaviour significantly compared to summer tyres.|
When travelling at just 20mph in icy conditions, the stopping distance can be reduced by as much as 12 yards compared to summer tyres - that's about 3 car lengths.
|When travelling at 50mph in snowing conditions, the stopping distance can be reduced by 50%.|
|When travelling in winter temperatures, Cold Weather Tyres can reduce the stopping distance by 6%.|
Cold Weather Tyres FAQ...
- Are Cold Weather Tyres only for when it really snows heavily?
Definitely not. All modern Cold Weather Tyres are designed for optimal safety below 7°C, in the cold, wet, ice and snow. So although they will afford much higher levels of traction in snowy conditions, they offer superior performance in all winter conditions.
- Do I need to replace all my tyres with Cold Weather Tyres if I only have a rear wheel drive car?
Yes, with the improved grip available from Cold Weather Tyres , it is essential that all four tyres be replaced at the same time. The car may skid or be more difficult to control if only two Cold Weather Tyres are fitted to one of the axles.
- When driving on Cold Weather Tyres can I drive at my normal speed?
Cold Weather Tyres , by design may have a slightly lower speed rating than summer tyres. All tyres display a rating letter (S, T, H...) on the side of the tyre designating the maximum speed. For example a Cold Weather Tyres that has an H rating has a maximum speed of 131mph, this should not compromise your driving in winter conditions.
- Do Cold Weather Tyres wear out quicker?
No, Cold Weather Tyres are designed to perform and last better in colder conditions while summer tyres actually wear faster when the outside temperature drops below 7°C. Add to that the extra grip afforded by Cold Weather Tyres and the argument to change tyres is compelling.
- When should I change back to my summer tyres?
It is recommend that in March, when average temperatures should be nearing 7°C in the morning, you should change back to summer tyres.
- What's the best way to store my summer tyres during the winter?
Each tyre should be stored in its own bag, making it easier and cleaner to store at home. It is recommended that you stack your tyres so that they are lying flat on the ground horizontally.
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