Preparing your tyres for the winter
Between October and March the average temperatures in the UK can drop below seven degrees Celcius (Met Office). This can make driving more hazardous. Winter tyres are developed to provide better grip and stopping distances than normal tyres at lower temperatures, but are also suitable for milder weather conditions. To keep yourself safer this winter, switching to winter tyres is recommended. We can help you select your winter tyres, and help you understand why this switch is important.
Experience worry-free winter driving, courtesy of the experts at your local Audi Centre.
Stopping distances - Winter tyres vs Standard tyres
Winter tyres have more natural rubber than standard tyres, so they remain pliable at low temperatures. Their unique tread patterns are designed to displace water and slush from under the tyre, reducing aquaplaning. They also have small grooves, called sipes, in the tread block that increase the number of surfaces that can ‘bite’ into the road, giving better grip. With winter tyres, braking distances are shorter on wet, snow covered and icy roads. We can also fit winter wheels and tyres that can reduce your stopping distance in the cold.
Winter tyre & wheel sets at Inchcape Audi:
▸ Winter tyre sets now available from Audi Centres for the vast majority of Audi models priced from £550 including VAT and fitting
▸ Complete 16-inch to 19-inch wheel and tyre sets also available from £792 including VAT and fitting
▸ Combines with quattro all-wheel-drive for optimum winter traction, security and safety
▸ Wheel & tyre sets include heavy duty storage bags to protect original fit 'summer' wheels and tyres while they are in storage
Winter Tyre Sets
Inchcape Audi Centres across the country can offer stand-alone winter tyre sets or complete wheel-and-tyre sets covering all models from the A1 premium subcompact to the Q7 luxury SUV. Produced by premium manufacturers, the purpose-built tyres are constructed from a special rubber compound that is optimised for temperatures of below 7 degrees centigrade.
Their special ‘footprint’ enables them to scythe through snow with a degree of precision, grip and control that genuinely has to be felt to be fully appreciated. Whereas conventional tyres become stiffer and less flexible at low temperatures, the winter compounds remain softer and more pliable, and consequently better able to maintain grip. They also benefit from a special tread pattern that optimises water displacement, and additional grooves, called sipes, within the tread blocks which interlock with the surface to maximise traction.
With their help, grip on roads encumbered with snow, ice and slush, or high levels of surface water, is improved by up to 60 per cent, and braking distances are reduced by as much as 20 per cent, or two car lengths**. When the quattro all-wheel-drive system that is widely available across the vast majority of model lines is also factored into the equation, Audi drivers can feel even safer in the knowledge that they have the best possible chance of weathering our increasingly challenging winter driving conditions.
Wheel and tyre sets include heavy duty storage bags to protect original fit ‘summer’ wheels and tyres while they are in storage.
* Source The Met Office / BBC ** Source www.tyresafe.org