BMW advises Brits to invest in winter tyres

Friday, 14 October 2011

Car manufacturer BMW has advised Brits to use winter wheels this Christmas to help provide them with the optimum driving pleasure in bad conditions.

The company told car insurance customers that following the two worst consecutive winters in recent years, this type of tyres can give them the best on-road performance in the treacherous weather.

According to BMW, changing to winter wheels is already a mainstream part of motoring in most of Europe and now UK drivers should be contemplating this choice.

The company stated that summer tyres are designed to operate best at temperatures above seven Celsius, whereas the winter alternatives have been formed from a different mix of silica and rubber compound to enable them to retain flexibility at much lower temperatures.

Recently, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers' Association, Paul Everitt, told car insurance customers: "Tyres can have a major effect on a car's performance, improving its safety and keeping it moving in winter conditions.

"Winter tyres provide greater grip and handling, reducing braking distances in cold, wet conditions as well as on snow and ice."

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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