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By the time the thermometer falls to seven degrees the performance of regular tyres is starting to deteriorate. Last year there were 147 days when the temperature was 7 degrees or lower, 147 days when regular tyres might not be performing as they should (that is nearly 5 months).

Winter tyres have been designed specifically to cope with road conditions below 7 degrees. They cope better in these conditions because:

  • They contain more natural rubber (to retain flexibility)
  • They have specific tread patterns (more suited to Winter road conditions
  • They are designed with SIPES (slits in the tread block to aid traction)

You can order your winter tyres from your local ŠKODA dealer. Contact us on the following numbers:

Specialist Cars ŠKODA Aberdeen

Specialist Cars ŠKODA Dundee

Thomson & Potter ŠKODA Perth


    There are three main differences between standard tyres and winter tyres:

    • Tread compound – At 7 degrees and below the tread compound in standard tyres begins to harden and loses grip. Winter tyres however remain flexible and grip better even at low temperatures thanks to a high proportion of natural rubber.
    • Tread pattern – The tread pattern on a winter tyre is particularly effective on snow and slush. The snow is pressed into the wider grooves, thereby providing additional traction
    • Sipes – High number of sipes create a multitude of biting edges that interlock with the wintry surface, thus guaranteeing reliable braking properties and impressive acceleration.

    Despite the common misconception that winter tyres are only for use in snow and ice, drivers benefit from using winter tyres below 7 degrees in any conditions, wet or dry.

    One of the most important things you can do to improve your ŠKODA's safety and performance during cold weather is to fit winter tyres, giving your ŠKODA a good grip on the winter roads.