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This is the diameter of the wheel, which is measured in inches from the tyre mounting surface on one edge to the opposite edge on the alloy wheel, for example 18”x8” with 18” being the wheel diameter.
This is the width of the alloy wheel which is the maximum width across the tyre mounting surface on the wheel, measured in inches for example; 18”x8” with 8” being the wheel width.
The number of holes the wheel has to bolt it to the vehicle hub. Racing nut applications are listed under 15x130 under PCD.
This is the Pitch Circle Diameter, which is the diameter of a line drawn through the centre of the bolt holes and is measure in millimetres (mm). Normally this is displayed in this format 5x112 with 112mm being the PCD and 5 being the number or holes. Racing nut applications are listed under 15x130
This is the value in kgs which the alloy wheel has been load rated to carry. The same wheel design can have different load ratings depending on the size and PCD of the wheel among other factors.
The offset is the distance between the wheel centre line and the mounting face of the wheel. Measured in millimetres (mm) and normally displayed as “ET45” on a wheel (ET45 being an example of an alloy wheel with a 45mm offset), the lower the number the further out the wheel will sit when bolted to the vehicle. Every vehicle has a permissible offset range which is dependent on a number of factors.
This is the approximate weight of the wheel in Kgs; please note every care is taken to ensure this value is accurate to +/-5% but errors can occur in our data.
This refers to the alloy wheel Bead Seat Contour, in short a slight raised hump on the alloy wheel tyre mounting face to help ensure a Runflat tyre, when driven with no air does not come off the wheel easily.
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Depending on stock location, delivery can take up to 5 working days. Normal delivery is 2 - 4 working days UK & Ireland, 3 - 7 working days Rest of World. Wheel & tyre packages can take longer. We pull stock from many different warehouses and factories in the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA and Japan as such delivery times can vary as do stock levels for wheels and tyres. As always, we aim to deliver your order as quickly as possible !
We stock a full range of snow tyres for any car, van or SUV. We have been selling snow tyres in the UK & Ireland since 1998.
What are snow tyres > snow tyres are not just for the use in snow & ice, but are recommended when the temperature drops below 7°c
(In the UK & Ireland this can be 5 months of the year !). Snow tyres are much better on slush, ice, frost & wet roads than standard summer tyres. Any time the temperature drops below 7°c you’re better off on winter tyres in the UK & Ireland.
It is recommended that you switch to winter tyres in the UK & Ireland between October and April.
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The rubber compound of a winter tyre is very different to a summer tyre. It is designed specifically to work better in temperatures +7 degrees centigrade or less.
What happens to a summer tyre when the temperature drops is that the tyre compound stiffens becoming hard and loses its flexibility, making it less grippy in low temperatures. Winter tyres are made from a specially developed compound with more natural rubber so they don’t harden when it’s cold, which means increased grip on the road and greater safety.
Here is a great graphic from Contential tyres showing the difference between Summer, All Season and Winter tyres in Dry, Wet and Winter / Snow conditions:
As you can see there is a clear case for using summer and winter tyres… but what about an All Season tyre? All season tyres are definitely worth considering and many of our customers select all season tyres for their winter wheels so that they can use the same tyres all year round.
All Season tyres offer a reasonable compromise between the performance of dedicated summer and winter tyres. They are a viable option for regions with moderate winter weather (light snowfall, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing). Goodyear all-season tyres meet high standards for performance in winter conditions and bear the same 'M+S' and 'Snowflake' designations as winter tyres. This means they are acceptable for winter use where winter tyres are required by law.
CHOOSE AN ALL SEASON TYRE IF:
For optimal performance in winter conditions, we recommend fitting a set of dedicated winter tyres.
Currently the most popular / newest All Season tyres are the Michelin Cross Climate, Goodyear Vector 4Seasons, Nokian Weatherproof, Hankook Kinergy 4S, Vredstein Quatrac 5, Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason.
Yes you can, winter tyres can be used all year round in the UK.
If you are reluctant to change tyres and have nowhere to store summer tyres when they are not in use, you are better off using winter tyres all year round.
There is a slight trade off with stopping distances as a winter tyre does not stop as quickly in the dry as a summer tyre, however, on balance if it is not possible to switch tyres in the winter, experts say you are better off with winter tyres all year round. This is because the difference in stopping distances of summer tyres in winter is far greater than for winter tyres in the summer.
Did you know that you are six times more likely to have a bump in your car during the winter months? Slippery leaves on wet roads, followed by snow and ice, create hazardous winter driving conditions and increase accidents on the road by as much as 267%!
With temperatures going below 7°C from October through to March, waiting for the first snowfall before switching to winter tyres may be too late. Using cold weather tyres throughout autumn and winter could help you avoid becoming another accident statistic.
It is recommended that you switch to winter tyres in the UK between October and April. With temperatures dipping below 7°C from October through to March, waiting for the first snowfall may be too late. Using cold weather tyres throughout autumn and winter could help you avoid becoming another accident statistic.
Below is a list of the average temperatures felt across the UK in the last 30 years, you can see there are on average 6 moths of the year when the average temperature was 7’c or lower, when winter tyres would have been a benefit.
Winter tyres must be fitted in sets of four. Fitting only 2 will significantly affect the balance and stability of the car. If you just fit winters tyres on the back of a rear wheel drive car, it will provide grip to get going but not having them on the front will generally cause snaking during acceleration and especially during braking.
The same applies to just fitting two winter tyres on the front axle of a front wheel drive car. When braking, the lack of grip on the rear tyres will cause an imbalance and loss of traction on the rear will occur. This generally leads to spinning out of control.
Have a look at the following video which explains in further details the disadvantages of fitting 2 winter tyres vs. a set of four winter tyres.
This is a massive general misconception. Yes you may do better than someone in a FWD or RWD car with summer tyres on, however everyone can benefit from winter tyres. As we have previously looked at it’s the characteristics of both the tread and the compound of the tyres that give the most benefits during these times. As shown below 2 equally spec’d cars, the first 4WD with normal tyres and the second being FWD with winter tyres, the FWD easily out performs the 4WD car.
As with any tyre the better quality tyres are going to be a higher price. We have found Goodyear, Dunlop & Continental winter tyres to always be in the top 5 winter tyres tested around Europe. At Performance Alloys we only offer high quality winter tyres from the top tyre manufacturers. If you need any help or advice please feel free to give us a call and we can go over our recommendations.
There are many videos to view online regarding winter tyres, we have found this one from Auto Express to be very good, and as always there independent tests on winter tyres in their magazine is a great buy. Source AutoExpress:
How do you know which is the best winter tyre ? Like us we also use independent winter tyre tests from well-known and trusted names from the UK, and Europe when looking for winter tyres to recommend to our customers. This way we can be sure that at Performance Alloys we are always offering the best winter tyres on the market to our customers.. If you are looking for the winter wheels and tyres and want to ensure you have the best winter tyres fitted, have a look at some independent winter tyre tests here:
Tyre size - 225/40R18
Year - 2015
Tyre size - 225/45R17
Tyre size - 205/55R16
Tyre size - 235/35R19
Year - 2014
At Performance Alloys we always recommend spending a bit extra on your tyres to ensure you get a tyre which is better and will ensure when you need to stop, require that extra bit of grip etc. you have it. Here is a video explaining the difference between Budget and Premium tyre brands… You will see that the results can be very dramatic ! Don’t forget to view our YouTube chanel where we update any good tyre videos we find, helping you the customer to choose the perfect tyre.
Often referred to as “standard” tyres they are the most common fitment on cars throughout Europe. They are however designed to operate best in warmer temperatures experienced during typical summer months. (Typically April to October)
Tyres that are designed to cope in low ambient temperatures on a wide variety of road conditions including dry, wet,
snow and ice. The tyres carry a “Snow Flake on Mountain Peak” symbol on the sidewall. (Typically October to March)
Tyres that are designed for severe winter weather, very low temperatures and extensive snow and ice covered roads.
They are often used in conjunction with “Studs”, “Snow Chains” etc. These tyres also carry the “Snow Flake” symbol.
(Very rarely marketed in UK & Central Europe)
All season tyres are by design a compromise between “Summer” and Winter” tyres. They offer higher grip levels during the warmer months than winter tyres ad better grip than summer tyres in the winter. However they will not offer the same performance as Summer or Winter tyres in the seasons they are specifically designed for.
Tyres with M+S marking on the sidewall typically have tread patterns that provide higher traction on soft ground surfaces (Mud/Snow) than standard summer tyre tread patterns. Unless additionally marked with the “Snow Flake” marking they are not classed as winter tyres and may not offer any improved performance on icy roads.
The term “Cold Weather Tyre” is not an official tyre category. The term was adopted to indicate to motorists that European Winter tyres offer performance advances in cold damp and wet conditions as well as on snow and ice covered roads.