Summer tyres are your standard tyre type and are designed to work best in fair weather conditions. Summer tyres generally perform well on wet and dry road surfaces when the temperature is above 7 degrees celcius. As the UK is not known for extreme changes in weather, many drivers opt to stay on summer tyres all year round.
Designed and engineered to work best in cold weather conditions below 7 degrees celcius, winter tyres feature small grooves known as sipes across the larger tread pattern and are constructed with a compound that does not harden in freezing conditions. These characteristics allow the tyre to grip the road far better than a summer tyre in snow and ice and significantly improve braking distances in such conditions.
If changing your summer tyres for winter tyres each season and then back again seems like too much hassle then all-season tyres could be the answer. All Season tyres are made from an intermediate rubber compound making them great all-rounders in all weather conditions, from wet and dry surfaces, to ice and light snow. While not matching the performance of specialist summer or winter tyres during these respective seasons, all-season tyres provide a good mix of strengths in mild temperatures.
Unlike regular tyres, run flat tyres won’t deflate in the event of a puncture or loss of pressure. Run flat tyres still need air but have strengthened reinforced sidewalls that temporarily maintain the shape of the tyre in the event of a blow out. This means the tyre can be driven on for a short time allowing the driver to reach a safe place to stop or their local garage for replacement.
OE or Original Equipment tyres are special versions of standard tyre models that have been tuned and balanced to meet the performance needs of a specific vehicle manufacturer. Tyres created as original equipment are designed with subtle tweaks to the regular design to enhance factors such as handling, ride comfort and tyre wear when fitted to a particular vehicle. Look for the manufacturer logo when searching for OE tyres at TyrePlus.
If you drive a van, people carrier or light commercial vehicle you may require reinforced tyres that are designed to handle heavier loads than standard tyres. Highly robust and damage resistant, reinforced tyres are constructed from more durable materials that do not flex under pressure and bare Extra Load or Reinforced markings on the sidewall.