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Fit winter tyres for improved braking, grip, performance and safety below 7°C

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Why use winter tyres?

  • Your tyres are one of the most important components of your vehicle - they directly affect your car's performance, efficiency and safety.
  • In poor driving conditions, especially when the temperature drops below 7°C, your standard tyres become less effective.
  • Standard tyres harden in colder temperatures which can compromise performance, grip, braking and safety.
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The average UK temperature drops below 7°C from November to March, Arnold Clark recommends that winter tyres are fitted during this time to ensure maximum safety for you and your passengers.

Standard Tyres vs Winter Tyres

See the incredible difference winter tyres make, compared to summer tyres, by viewing the video below.

The Cold Hard Facts

Winter tyres have a specially developed tread pattern to enhance the grip on the road surface in wet, snow and icy conditions. When temperatures drop below 7°C, winter tyres provide higher levels of safety and considerably shorter stopping distances.

  • Increased Safety

    Increased Safety

    Winter tyres contain a greater concentration of silica which prevents tyres from hardening in colder weather. The open tread block design of winter tyres helps dissipate standing water reducing the risk of skidding and aquaplaning.

  • Improved Grip & Performance

    Improved Grip & Performance

    Winter tyres have an optimised blend of rubber and silica compound resulting in improved grip allowing you to corner, brake and accelerate more efficiently than with standard tyres at the same speed.

  • Better Braking

    Better Braking

    Winter tyres offer you greater control on icy, wet and untreated roads. Braking distances are shortened by up to 20% in icy conditions and 10% in wet conditions.

Braking Distances

Wet Roads

  • Winter Tyres 65.7m
  • Standard Tyres 70.5m
Wet Roads

Braking distance from 60MPH on wet roads below 7 ° C*

*Please note, diagram is not drawn to scale. Braking distance information supplied by the Continental Tyres.

Icy Roads

  • Winter Tyres 57m
  • Standard Tyres 68m
Icy Roads

Braking distance from 20MPH on Icy Roads*

*Please note, diagram is not drawn to scale. Braking distance information supplied by the Continental Tyres.

Winter Driving Tips

During the winter months it is even more important to check that your vehicle is well maintained and in good running order. Arnold Clark would like to help prepare drivers for the unpredictable British winter weather.

  • Battery

    Make sure this is fully charged - it is more likely to fail in cold weather.

  • Tyres

    Make sure you have plenty of tread and that they are the right pressure. The legal tread depth is 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre, most manufacturers recommed at least 3mm. Consider fitting cold weather tyres.

  • Windscreen Wipers

    Make sure they are working properly and the blade is not worn out.

  • Lights

    Make sure your lights are working effectively and all the bulbs are still functioning, in particular your fog lights.

  • Anti-freeze

    Add this to your radiator and top up your screen wash. A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze to water will protect the engine to a temperature of 34 C.

  • Windows

    Check for any cracks that could be getting worse and that your rear heated window is working.

  • Oil Levels

    Every fortnight check your oil levels.

    How do I check my oil level?

    1. Leave the car to cool for ten minutes, remove and wipe away any excess oil deposits from the oil dipstick.
    2. Put the dipstick back into the engine, wait for a few seconds and remove it again to check the levels. The oil should be between both marks, but preferably closer to the maximum mark.
    3. If you need to top up the oil, locate the oil filler cap; pour in small amounts of oil until the level is correct.
  • Snow & Ice

    Ensure you clear all snow and ice off your vehicle before you drive and that your heater is blowing warm air so as to clear your windscreen.

  • Plan Your Route

    Ensure you know the route you are going to be taking and check the traffic report in advance.

  • Weather Report

    Check the weather report before setting off on any journey to ensure you are prepared as possible for the winter weather.

  • Let someone know where you're going

    If you have to drive then let someone know where you are going and the route you are taking.

  • Pack Emergency Supplies

    Ensure you are prepared for extreme weather by carrying an emergency kit in your vehicle. We suggest that following items should be included:

    • Shovel
    • Hazard warning triangle
    • De-icing equipment
    • First aid kit
    • Torch
    • Blanket
    • Warm Clothes
    • Mobile Phone (fully charged)
    • Flask of hot drinks

Price List

Tyre Sizes Vehicle Examples From
155 65 14 Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107, Citroën C1 £35
165 70 14 Nissan Micra, Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia £41
175 65 14 Ford Ka, Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen Up
Seat Mii, Fiat 500
175 65 15 Fiat Punto, Mini One £44
185 65 15 Peugeot 308, Citroen C4,
Vauxhall Astra, Nissan Note
205 50 17 Ford Focus, Renault Megane £56
205 55 16 BMW 1 Series, Mercedes A Class, Nissan Qashqai
VW Golf, Volvo V40, Mazda 3, Vauxhall Astra
225 45 17 Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf,
Mercedes C Class, Peugeot 308
235 45 17 Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo £69
235 45 18 Ford Galaxy, Peugeot 508 £71