Do You Need to Fit Winter Tyres on Your Car?

Do you actually inspect and maintain your tyres? Find out how you can keep your tyres on your car for longer.

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Do You Need to Fit Winter Tyres on Your Car?

25 January 2022
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If you've just moved to the high country or another part of Australia that can experience a lot of seasonal snow, you'll want to be as prepared as possible. If you need to drive in every type of condition, you'll certainly want to think about your tyres and figure out if you need to fit winter tyres to cope. Is this the right choice, or should you look at another solution?

Why These Tyres Work

Winter tyres are very different to conventional covers, as they're designed to give the vehicle maximum stability when grip levels are extremely low. These tyres have very deep tread patterns, and their edges are designed to grip the road. This means that they can punch through any lying snow and allow the driver to maintain control wherever possible. In addition, the rubber compound is designed to perform very well in subzero temperatures so that it stays flexible and does not harden.

Local Requirements

In some parts of Australia, the local authority may either recommend or mandate that snow tyres be fitted. You need to check with your local authority to understand your obligations, so you can be in compliance at all times. Further, bear in mind that you may be required to fit snow chains as well, especially if you want to traverse any mountain passes with packed snow.

All-Weather Versus Snow

But what about all-weather tyres? Surely, these are designed to be used year-round and are a good compromise?

While all-weather tyres will provide you with good traction in almost every eventuality, they are mostly designed to repel water when you drive in heavy rain. They won't be as effective as snow tyres as they simply do not have as much tread as the purpose-made cover. Also, if the local authority requires you to fit snow tyres specifically, the all-weather version will not do.

Spare Set of Wheels

If you need to drive in areas affected by snow during the winter months, you may need to get a spare set of snow tyres. Many people opt to have a spare set of wheels on hand to swap the fitted tyres back and forth if necessary. After all, you should try and avoid using snow tyres on clear roads where at all possible, as otherwise, due to their design and configuration, they will quickly wear down.

Making Your Plans

Check the regulations in your area and keep an eye on the seasonal weather forecast. If you need snow tyres, talk with your local tyre fitter to ensure that you get the correct type for your vehicle. They can help you find winter tyres and other new tyres you may need.