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WINTER/COLD WEATHER TYRES



Reduce your stopping distances by up to eight metres when temperatures drop below seven degrees Celsius.

Between October and March the average temperatures in the UK can drop below seven degrees Celcius (as qouted by TyreSafe) This can make driving more hazardous and reduce stopping distance by up to eight metres when temperatures drop.

Winter Tyres were developed with driver safety in mindWinter Tyres or Cold Weather Tyres as they are sometimes called provide better grip and stopping distances than normal tyres at lower temperatures, but are also suitable for milder weather conditions.

To keep yourself safer this winter, switching to winter tyres is recommended. We can help you select your winter tyres, and help you understand why this switch is important.


Winter Tyres/Cold Weather Tyres have more natural rubber than standard tyres, so they remain pliable at low temperatures. These tyres have unique tread patterns designed to displace water and slush from under the tyre, reducing aquaplaning. They also have small grooves, called sipes, in the tread block that increase the number of surfaces that can ‘bite’ into the road.

We can also fit winter wheels and tyres that can reduce your stopping distance in the cold.

Want to find out more about the tyres we offer and prices? VIEW WINTER TYRES AND PRICES

Have summer tyres that need storing? Why not check them into our 'Tyre Hotel' for just £60. The tyres are wrapped and stored in a controlled environment where they are regularly monitored and checked until its time to pop them back on.

We will book you in to fit your summer tyres which includes an inspection, new valve, balance and pressure check to maximize your safety.


Q. How can I identify cold weather tyres?

A. All of Audi’s cold weather tyres are marked with the ‘snowflake’ symbol so you can be sure you are buying a true cold weather tyre.

Q. Are cold weather tyres just for when it snows?
A.Not at all. Cold weather tyres are designed for optimal safety and comfort when the temperature is seven degrees Celcius or below, including in wet, icy and snowy conditions.


Q. Must all four wheels have cold weather tyres fitted?
A. For optimal safety, Audi recommends you fit a complete set of cold weather tyres. This will increase vehicle traction and stability under all conditions, including acceleration, braking and cornering. This will ensure your vehicle is well balanced and has a stable footing on all road surfaces. Audi also offers a complete alloy wheel and cold weather tyre set for convenience.

Q. Are cold weather tyres okay to use all-year-round?

A. Cold weather tyres are not intended for year-round use. They are specifically designed to work most effectively in temperatures of seven degrees Celcius or below, due to tread design and compound formulation. During the summer months drivers should switch to summer tyres. This way they’ll get the most mileage out of both sets while achieving optimum safety and comfort.

Q. Should I drive more slowly with cold weather tyres?
A.Your speed should be matched to the conditions you are driving in. Cold weather tyres have a speed rating as do summer tyres. The speed rating is generally lower in cold weather tyres than summer tyres.

Q. Is there legislation governing the use of cold weather tyres?

A. There is no legislation governing the use of cold weather tyres in the UK. However, in many European countries cold weather tyres are now mandatory from both a legal and an insurance perspective. This is based on the safety benefits they deliver in all conditions at or around seven degrees Celcius in all road conditions.

Q. Are cold weather tyres okay to use all-year-round?

A. Cold weather tyres are not intended for year-round use. They are specifically designed to work most effectively in temperatures of seven degrees Celcius or below, due to tread design and compound formulation. During the summer months drivers should switch to summer tyres. This way they’ll get the most mileage out of both sets while achieving optimum safety and comfort.

Q. Should I drive more slowly with cold weather tyres?
A.Your speed should be matched to the conditions you are driving in. Cold weather tyres have a speed rating as do summer tyres. The speed rating is generally lower in cold weather tyres than summer tyres.

Q. What’s the financial impact of using cold weather tyres?
A. Using the appropriate tyres for the time of year and driving conditions minimises the effort or amount of work that the tyres must do. Therefore, fitting cold weather tyres will increase the life expectancy of your summer tyres.The wear on summer tyres increases when used in temperatures below seven degrees Celcius, increasing wear by up to 20 per cent.

In addition to the increase in tyre life for both summer and cold weather tyres, using the appropriate tyres will improve traction and reduce wheel spin, therefore positively affecting fuel economy.

Q. What if my car has quattro?
A. Audi’s quattro system certainly offers a distinct advantage delivering drive to the road, although it is a misconception to think that it negates the need for cold weather tyres. When fitted, cold weather tyres increase the quattro advantage significantly and will ensure you get the best results out of the system. quattro does little for steering and braking. Fitting cold weather tyres provides better drive, steering and braking.

Q. What is the difference between cold weather tyres and cold weather tyres?
A. None really. The two terms are interchangeable and both are generally used to describe a tyre designed with higher natural rubber content, more effective tread pattern and additional sipes.

If you’re looking for a tyre that has true cold weather credentials then look for the snowflake symbol to be sure you’re getting a tyre designed to work effectively when the temperature drops below seven degrees Celsius.

Q. Do cold weather tyres damage the road surface?
A. No.



Q. Will cold weather tyres cause my car to fail its MoT test?
A. No.


Winter Cold Weather Wheel and Tyre Sets

Contact us today on the numbers below for more information:

Aberdeen Audi 01224 947 106

Dundee Audi 01382 281 000