There are three main types of tyres: all season, winter and summer. But what are the features that differentiate a winter tyre from its counterparts and what makes it more capable of handling snow and ice? We answer the most common questions about winter tyres and why they’re worth the investment.
A “snow tyre” is another name for a winter tyre, and winter/snow tyres are different from all season and summer tyres because they’re specifically designed to handle the various conditions that arise during the coldest months of the year. The difference between winter and other types of tyres comes down to how it’s made—including the optimisation of the rubber compound, tread pattern and tread depth.
All season tyres are designed to handle both summer and winter conditions, but when it comes down to choosing one or the other, drivers should make a choice based on their location and the weather conditions they often face. Drivers living in Europe who experience milder year-round climates may be best suited to choose all season tyres, while drivers living with moderate to extreme winter seasons should opt for winter tyres.
Both tyre and vehicle makers recommend mounting four winter tyres on a vehicle for maximum performance in grip, braking and cornering.
It's essential to check your tyre pressure at the beginning of the winter because tyres tend to deflate whenever the temperature drops. To avoid under-inflated tyres, check the tyre pressure regularly either with the help of an expert or a tyre gauge. Also, refer to your vehicle owner's manual or manufacturer to see what the recommended pressure is for your tyres.
As the largest tyre and rubber company, we have an extensive tyre winter tyre portfolio to help everyone master their journey, all winter long.
What does the ‘tyre of the future’ look like to you? Can it change shape? Or even fly? Perhaps, but for us at Bridgestone, the tyre of the future isn’t in the distant future, it’s happening now.
With colder, darker and wetter weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come. After all, we can’t always stay at home – no matter how tempting.
At Bridgestone, we understand drivers face a variety of conditions during the winter season that can range from extreme blizzards to melting snow and ice. See how we engineer our winter tyres to handle mild to severe winter challenges to give drivers confidence and peace of mind on the road.