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BMW Winter Tyres
Approved winter tyres from our specialist service centres
Ensure that your BMW continues to perform at the high levels that you have come to expect of it with BMW approved winter tyres. At temperatures of 7°C and below, standard tyres harden and no longer provide optimum grip, compromising performance when accelerating, braking and cornering. Switching to BMW winter tyres during the colder months is crucial if you want your BMW to continue to perform as it was designed. Contact your local Barons & Chandlers BMW dealership to discuss which winter tyres would be most suitable for your vehicle and driving requirements.
What are BMW winter tyres?
BMW winter tyres should be used when temperatures drop below 7°C and when the roads become slippery. Not to be confused with ice tyres or snow tyres, winter tyres don’t have metal studs poking out of the tread. However, they are far more effective than summer tyres on snow and ice, as they provide more traction. Winter tyres are also safer than summer tyres when it’s raining because they are better at clearing standing water.
Between November and March, winter tyres generate more grip on the roads in colder conditions than other tyres. We strongly recommended that you switch to winter tyres to ensure the safety of you and other road users, particularly in dark and icy weather conditions. By choosing BMW approved winter tyres, you’ll be ensuring that your BMW provides year-round driving pleasure.
How do BMW winter tyres work?
BMW winter tyres are designed to provide optimum traction in cold weather conditions. Unlike conventional tyres that are made from a harder compound, winter tyres have deep grooves and narrow cuts, which are built into the tread. This prevents the tyre from becoming extremely rigid and slipping across the surface of the road in very cold conditions. Their innovative design helps disperse water and snow evenly to allow the rubber to move around, improving your BMW’s contact with the road.
How are BMW winter tyres different from summer tyres?
BMW winter tyres differ from summer tyres in three main ways: the tread pattern, the compound and the rubber blocks.
- Tread pattern - Unlike summer tyres, the tread pattern in winter tyres has more grooves - also known as sipes - cut into it, helping the tyre to displace water and bite into the snow.
- Compound - Winter tyres are made from a compound that has more silica in it, which makes them stay soft and supple during freezing temperatures. Summer tyres are far more rigid in cold weather conditions, which prevents them from gripping to the road.
- Rubber blocks - A winter tyre’s rubber blocks are designed to vibrate when moving, allowing all the snow to be shaken out. Whereas summer tyres will become clogged, which will smooth out the surface, rendering them completely useless.
Can you use BMW winter tyres in the summer?
Currently, no UK law states that you cannot use winter tyres in the summer. However, it is recommended against using winter tyres all-year-round. Winter tyres will wear out far quicker than summer tyres so they will need replacing more often, which will be expensive. In warm weather conditions, winter tyres generate less grip and traction on the road, making them less safe to use in the summer months. We recommend removing your winter tyres and storing them for the following winter.
At Barons & Chandlers BMW, we can solve your seasonal storage problem with our BMW Tyre Hotel. We will safely and securely store your winter tyres when you change to summer ones, and vice versa come wintertime. And of course, we will even swap over your tyres for you when the time comes.
How long do BMW winter tyres last?
Providing that you only use your BMW winter tyres during the winter, you will more than likely get the same number of miles out of a set of winter tyres as you would from a set of summer tyres. However, it is essential that you remember that your winter tyres will wear out quicker if you continue to use them in warm weather.
Why choose Barons & Chandlers BMW?
At Barons & Chandlers BMW, we can supply you with BMW approved winter tyres that suit your requirements, preference and budget. With a variety of options available for each model in the BMW range, we can offer guidance on what would be the most suitable to keep you safe in hazardous weather conditions. To find out more about pricing, fitting and storage of BMW winter tyres, enquire online using the form below or contact your local Barons & Chandlers BMW dealership directly. Alternatively, discover more information regarding the tyre services available.
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