Fleet News

BMW launches new winter tyre programme

BMW has launched a specialist winter tyre programme designed to help drivers get the best on-road performance from their car throughout the winter months.

Summer tyres fitted as standard equipment by all car manufacturers operate best at temperatures above 7°C. However, once the outside air temperature gets nearer to freezing the rubber in summer tyres hardens, which detracts from their performance. In true wintry conditions of snow and ice, as blighted all of the UK earlier this year, tyre performance is even worse.

The new winter wheel and tyre packages developed by BMW have been specially engineered to operate much better than summer tyres at temperatures below 7°C. The tyre is made from a different mix of rubber / silica compound which enables them to operate efficiently at much lower temperatures, generating heat and reaching their optimum operating temperature much more easily.

Winter tyres also feature bigger tread blocks with larger open channels which ensure they dissipate standing water more effectively, helping them to reduce the risk of skidding on wet surfaces. Braking distances improve by up to 20 per cent on icy roads and up to 10 per cent in the wet.

A number of different wheel styles and sizes, including alloy and steel rims are available.

Keep up to date with all the latest BMW car reviews with Fleet News.


Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee