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Winter tyres? Too expensive for me!

Your winter tyres

Don't believe that. By correctly alternating between summer and winter tyres, you aren't using more rubber at all.

Winter tyres Close-up on the tread of a new winter tyre - Copyright © : All Rights Reserved

Obviously, purchasing four winter tyres or even four extra rims to avoid repeated fitting and removal, represents a considerable investment. But it is more a question of cash flow than of additional expense.

Firstly, a winter tyre does not cost much more than a summer tyre: on average 30% depending on the size, the brand and the category.

Then, while you are driving with your winter tyres, you are not wearing out your summer tyres. If you use your winter tyres for five months (from November to March), you are prolonging your summer tyres by as much. Result: given that drivers change their tyres once every three years on average, if they correctly alternate summer and winter tyres, they can, for the same mileage, make do with a set of summer tyres and a set of winter tyres every six years (read the inset).

Finally, driving safely during the bad weather is worth such an investment, don't you think? By planning for it in your budget, you are ensuring peace of mind. According to a survey by Baromètre pneumatiques, 85% of drivers admit that the phenomenon of anxiety due to winter driving conditions increases the risks of accident.

Buying less expensive winter tyres

In winter, you drive more slowly. As such, to reduce the cost of your investment, you may opt for winter tyres with a speed rating that is lower than for summer tyres. It is recommended not to reduce the speed rating by more than one letter. For example, by switching from W (270 kph) to V (240 kph).

Do winter tyres wear more quickly?

Not at all. In winter conditions, the rubber of winter tyres has no effect on the level of wear. However, it will wear more quickly if the tyre is used above a temperature of 7°C. Similarly, a summer tyre used in winter conditions will wear more quickly, as it will be subject to greater stress: more braking, skidding, steering control, slipping on driving off…