Winter Tyres

Winter tyres are designed specifically to remain supple in colder temperatures and maximise traction when driving on snow and ice. Winter tyres offer greater traction, grip and braking performance than summer tyres in temperatures below 7°C. Provided the temperature is low enough, their special tread patterns mean they will perform better in the wet, as well as on snow and ice.

The key to their improved grip on wet and ice-covered surfaces is the ‘sipes’, which provide hundreds of small extra edges to grip the road as the tyre rotates. The sipes help not only because of their edges, but also because they enable localised movement of the rubber as the soft compound clings to the road.  Winter tyres are also designed to gather a snowy ‘in-fill’ in the tread grooves and in the sipes to help with grip on packed snow. Nothing grips snow better than snow itself, and winter tyres exploit this by gathering and holding as much of it as possible.

The key differences between winter tyres and summer tyres are:

  Winter tyres use a softer rubber compound (usually by including more natural rubber in the mix), which stays softer in low temperature.

  The surface of the tread blocks is covered with small jagged slits – called sipes. These increase the tyre’s surface area against the road and improve traction.

To more effectively displace water, winter tyres generally have deeper-tread grooves than conventional summer tyres.

The tread pattern is also designed to collect snow, further improving traction on snow and ice.


Winter is here, so don’t get caught out! We now have winter tyres & wheels in stock.

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Skidz also provides other types of car tyres. Whether it’s all season, winter or budget tyres. All season tyres improve performance in cold and slippery conditions without having a bad effect on performance during the summer. It’s worth noting that their performance levels will not be as high in harsh weather conditions as dedicated summer and winter tyres.

We understand that performance tyres are not for everyone and cater for smaller budgets. We offer a range of budget tyres – available fitted with or without alloy wheels. For more information about our tyres, please feel free to contact us on today. Call us on 01324630060 with your requirements or email us on We would be happy to help.

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