A winter tyre is produced with a special tread pattern that features a high number of grooves, winter tyres are optimised to deliver enhanced traction on surfaces that are covered with snow and ice. This provides higher levels of stability and control, resulting in a safe performance in difficult winter weather conditions.
Winter tyres are constructed with a special compound that is specifically designed to remain supple at low temperatures and this enables them to maintain much higher levels of grip on the surface of the road. This significantly improved grip enables winter tyres to deliver shorter braking distances in wintery conditions.
A summer tyre is designed with a softer compound which will stiffen at low temperatures, meaning that they can’t maintain the same level of grip as winter tyre and therefore they cannot produce the same braking distances in winter conditions.