Winter tyres are becoming increasingly popular in the UK but there is still a level of uncertainty as to when the tyres are best put to use. Many think that winter tyres should actually only be used when the snow falls or heavy frosts are taking over the UK, but in actual fact winter tyres work at there optimum when temperatures drop to 7 degrees or below. The performances of a winter tyre, compared to a summer tyre when the temperatures drop are phenomenal.
To clear up the confusion about when is the best time to swap from summer tyres to winter tyres the Avon Rubber company have approached a UK based rubber research and development specialist to work with part of their company based in Canada to create a tyre that will change colour, signaling when the tyres should be swapped.
They have now created a concept tyre that will change colour when temperatures hit 7 degrees or below. The concept tyres feature a white sidewall and as the temperatures drop the sidewall of the tyre turns from white to a vivid blue, marking the time for the tyre swap.
The main reason they have done this is to educate the market on the benefits of winter tyres not just in the snow and ice but when the temperatures drop. Winter tyres really should be used for a good 3-6 months of the year in the UK.
The colour changing rubber uses the same principles of the colour changing products you see on the market today. Using “thermochromic technology” in the rubber gives it the ability to change colour when the temperatures drop.
The company plan to further there research and products adding safety features to their tyres giving the end user a better driving experience when driving on their tyres.
Obviously this is a concept tyre but it is likely to be released in the not to distant future as the winters seems to be getting worse year on year and safety is of paramount importance.
Easywheels.co.uk stock a wide range to winter tyres from many manufacturers. To see our full range of summer and winter tyres in your tyre size click here. We also have a network of over 2000 fitting partners throughout the UK ready and waiting to fit your tyres at a time that suits you.