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Do You Need Winter Tyres?

Winter Tyres
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The blog this week is about whether you need to purchase winter tyres for your Volvo or Toyota. Or whether just maintaining the health of your existing tyres is enough now we are approaching winter. Read on to find out more:

Winter tyres will make sense if you live in a remote area where winter conditions are likely to be worse than in the towns and cities and where adverse weather may last longer or where there may be a lack of gritters and snow ploughs.

In towns and cities where it is more densely populated you may find it harder to justify the cost. This does however have to be a personal decision for yourself based on the risk of bad weather, what your confidence level is like when driving in snow and on ice and how much driving you have to do when snow and ice are around. Some people refuse to drive in snow and icy conditions and there is no shame in that.

Winter tyres are made by most of the main manufacturers – so you can shop around to find the best price. Some suppliers will also provide winter tyres pre-fitted to a set of steel wheels also – so check when you are doing your price comparison. Obviously you will need to ensure that you have somewhere to store your winter tyre when you are not using them so that is another factor to take into consideration.

If changing from alloy wheels to steel wheels you may have to change the design of wheel nuts used too. Ask the wheel supplier, your Volvo or Toyota manufacturer, or your local independent Volvo or Toyota Garage for help and advice.

If you decide that you would like to fit winter tyres to your Volvo or Toyota then you must fit all four tyres. One pair will make your Volvo or Toyota unstable and will affect the balance causing issues and potential added costs as tyre wear will be affected.

An alternative to having winter tyres and summer tyres could be having “All Season Tyres” – these tyres will perform better in the winter than your summer tyres and will ensure that you do not have to swap tyres twice a year – saving you money in the long run. Your tyres are your personal preference – make the decision for yourselves. If you have a great relationship with your local independent garage by all means seek their advice. An honest garage will give you honest feedback based on your requirements not on a financial gain for themselves. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, 2019 & 2020,  The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, The Eagle Radio Biz Award – Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 & the SME News Magazine Most Trusted Car Servicing Provider 2020, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.