best tyre brands and UK prices compared We pick from eight top winter tyres to get you through the big freeze this year Even after a few fairly mild years, deciding whether to switch tyres for winter doesn't get any easier.
While some drivers won't head to a fitter until they see snow, it's safest to invest in winter rubber now. Even if snow doesn't fall, winter tyres perform better than conventional 'summer' designs below about seven degrees Celsius a certainty in a typical British winter.New designs and technology are arriving every year, and switching has never been easier, with car manufacturers offering wheel and tyre packages and dealers setting up 'hotels' to look after your 'summer' tyres when they're off the car.But which winter tyre should you buy? We returned to the 205/55 R16 size found on a range of big selling family cars and headed to the Test World site at Ivalo, Finland, with Hankook; wet and dry tests were completed at Continental's Hanover facility in Germany. All tests were done by Auto Express drivers apart from those requiring specialist skills.We also included our test winning summer and all season tyres in this size to see how they coach outlet stores 60611 compared on performance.What we testedAll the winter tyres had a speed rating of H (up to 130mph), apart from the Goodyear and our two comparison tyres, which were V rated (up to 150mph). And all had weight ratings of 91, with the exception of the Goodyear and the summer tyre, which were 94.Snow circleThis is a crucial measurement of lateral grip on snow. We lined the car up on the inside edge of the 50 metre circle, applied a fixed amount of lock and accelerated until the line could no longer be held. There's a mix of tightening turns and hairpins, and with all the electronic driver aids off it's a real challenge. The track is graded between runs and the result is an average of lap times.Wet brakingWith the temperatures at Continental's Contidrom facility in northern Germany around the point where you should switch between summer and winter tyres, coach outlet purses you love we carried out a series of emergency coach online sale stops in the wet from 80kph, measuring the distance they took, again from an average of runs.Wet circleYou need a strong stomach for this test, which requires around 10 laps on the soaked 60 metre circle. Like the test on snow, we drove the car close to the inner kerb and accelerated until the nose pushed wide. The result came from an average of lap times.Wet handlingat the heart of this test are timed laps of the handling circuit which winds its way through trees and rocks inside the Contidrom's banked oval. The car is accelerated with one wheel in water. Wheel speeds are measured and we record the point at which one exceeds the other by 15 per cent. This is judged when the tread is distorted by cornering forces, with lateral grip measured as the car is driven through a flooded section at increasing speeds.Dry handlingNot the natural habitat for winter tyres; their soft, flexible treads prefer snow or rain. Our assessment is based on an average of lap times round the proving ground dry handling track's flowing turns and direction changes.Fact or fiction? 10 winter driving myths bustedDry brakingWhile drivers are most likely to exceed their tyres' performance in the wet, this test is key when considering running winter rubber all year round.
It measures the force required to turn a loaded tyre, and our test carried out to industry standards takes an average of coach outlet atlanta radio two tyres. The greater the force required, the more fuel is used. A difference of around five per cent in rolling resistance equates to a one per cent change in fuel economy.
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