We run down the top 5 best tyres for winter use – With the cold weather well and truly here it is essential to make sure your fleet or personal van is kitted out with the best equipment for these conditions. This means winter tyres are a must have. They have a special tread pattern which means they have improved grip on the road in winter conditions. Usually they work best when the temperature drops below 7 degrees as they improve safety by shortening stopping distances. These are improved by up to 20 % in icy conditions and 10% in wet conditions. This means that there is less chance of claiming on your commercial vehicle insurance
1.Continental ContiWinterContact TS 830 P
First on our Friday Five this week is the Continental ContiWinterContact TS 830 P. This is because they have actually won an award for being the best winter tyres. They have brilliant grip on icy roads, this is essential as not all the roads will be gritted this winter making driving dangerous. They also have great traction in the snow. As we have already seen snow this year it won’t be surprising if more is to follow shortly. They cost around £165 per tyre which isn’t the most expensive on the list so these are definitely worth investing in.
2.0 Goodyear UltraGrip Performance 2
UltraGrip Performance 2 tyres by Goodyear are making it to number two on our list. This is because it has a good solid performance on snow. This tyre isn’t the best for fuel economy which is why it just missed out on the top spot but other than that it compares equally with the ContiWinterContact tyres. However, they cost a little more as they are £176 per tyre.
3.0 Hankook Optimo 4S
Next up are the Optimo 4S. This is because they are all-season tyres. This means that there is no extra cost at the change of season and safety isn’t compromised. They are our favourite all round tyres although there will obviously be improved grip with the two featured above. If you are looking to save money and storage, we recommend these as they are £133 a tyre and you will only need the one set for the year.
4.0 Vredestein Quatrac 3
These are another all-season tyre and they are a great alternative to the Optimo in very cold conditions. They perform better in the snow but they do fall down in the handling in the wet. This may not be good news for those planning to use their vehicles in Britain this winter. It is a little more expensive than the Optimo’s at £140 a tyre but again as they are all-season tyres you will only need the one set.
5.0 Snow Chains
Obviously all these tyres come at a cost and at this time of year and when everyone’s budgets are stretched, new winter tyres may simply just not be affordable. However, safety is very important especially as the weather is so unpredictable. Snow chains may be the answer. There are a variety of types so if you are considering this as an alternative then go into a shop and speak to a specialist who will point you in the best ones for your van.