Despite the fact that we’ve had no more severe winters in recent years, many motorists continue to fit winter tyres on their car for fear of getting stuck. However, because of the economic crisis, many are keeping them on in summer.
Motorists think they are saving money by keeping their winter tyres on in summer. But this is a very poor calculation. Firstly, in terms of safety. If you have to brake in an emergency, you will 4.4m and 12.9m further than if you had used summer tyres at speeds of 70km/h and 120km/h respectively. These figures fall to 3.6m and 7.7m respectively for 4-seasons tyres. What’s more, winter tyres wear up to 60% faster in summer. So you’ll need to change them more often.