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Winter Tyres

Get a grip with winter tyres

Switching from standard summer tyres to winter tyres is commonplace. In the UK, we typically drive all year round on standard summer tyres, despite most of the country having an average temperature below 7°C from December to February. Bad weather in recent winters, however, is changing our driving habits – and with good reason. 

Driving on winter tyres provides added safety and peace of mind in wet, snowy and icy conditions. Stopping distances are reduced, grip is greatly increased and the construction and tread pattern of winter tyres is designed specifically to cope with extreme weather conditions. 

There is also the opportunity to store your summer tyres in our “Tyre Hotel” – click on the tab below to find out more.

Contact your Ford Dealer now for winter tyres from £65.

  • Improved safety

    Winter tyres offer a number of advantages due to their specialised construction and tread pattern. This is designed to give more traction in extreme weather conditions. Winter tyres are designed to cope in these conditions, giving you peace of mind and keeping you safe. 

    According to TyreSafe, through a typical 12-month period, the UK experiences temperatures ranging from +32°C to as low as -15°C. Given such diverse weather conditions, it's unreasonable to expect one type of tyre to provide consistently high safety levels.

    Winter tyres provide: 

     

    • Higher levels of road safety – Winter tyres are safer in cold, dry conditions because the tread compounds heat up quicker to create better grip in lower temperatures. Winter tyres use a higher proportion of natural rubber in the tread, minimising the hardening effect at low temperatures. This results in a higher level of grip.
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    • Considerably shorter stopping distances on both wet and dry roads at low temperatures. Braking distance is much improved when compared to standard summer tyres. This can be reduced by 10% in wet conditions and 20% in snow.
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    • Improved performance in all conditions below 7°C. Winter tyres offer the best achievable grip at temperatures below 7°C in any weather condition (wet, dry, snow and ice), whilst maintaining the same drive comfort as standard summer tyres.
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    • Reduction of the aquaplaning effect – Modern high performance standard summer tyres have a harder tread compound, engineered to ensure grip at medium/high temperatures. The molecules in the tread rubber freeze and harden as temperatures fall, thereby increasing the risk of aquaplaning and increasing braking distance. In contrast, Winter tyres have a softer compound and a tread pattern designed to disperse water more effectively and will reduce aquaplaning and reduce braking distance.
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    • Increased mobility – With the right tyres, you don’t fear the weather. Winter tyres protect you in all cold weather conditions and help you get safely to your destination.
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    • Cost Saving – Alternating standard summer tyres and winter tyres in accordance with the seasons will increase the life of your tyres.
  • Enhanced Grip

    In temperatures below 7°C, you would stop 11 metres sooner at 20mph using winter tyres compared to standard summer tyres.

    When buying winter tyres, Ford Motor Company recommends that all four tyres are replaced to ensure optimum control. In March, when the average temperature is above 7°C, standard summer tyres should be fitted.

  • “Tyre Hotel” to store your winter tyres

    This winter Ford dealers are offering a new “Tyre Hotel” facility that will enable motorists to store their summer tyres when they fit winter tyres.

    The service is available for purchasers of winter tyres at selected Ford Dealers.

    Location Dealer Name Post Code Phone Number
    Aberdare Aberdare Ford CF44 0AG 01685 873558
    Alfreton Perrys DE55 4NT 01773 290978
    Altrincham Evans Halshaw WA14 5LZ 0161 929 0365
    Andover Andover Ford SP10 3BE 01264 320320
    Ashton-under-Lyne Evans Halshaw OL7 0DG 0161 330 0121
    Banstead Trust Ford SM7 1BS 01737 858100
    Barnard Castle Alston Road Garage DL12 0UU 01833 640 213
    Barnsley Trust Ford S71 1NF 01226 732732
    Basingstoke Think Ford - Basingstoke RG21 6YL 01256 962700
    Bath Allen Ford - Bath BA2 3EW 01225 402200
    Batley Evans Halshaw (Batley) WF17 6HT 01924 443 322
    Bedford Evans Halshaw (Bedford) MK42 9BW 01234 328522
    Bicester Bicester Ford OX26 2HJ 01869 323272
    Birmingham Trust Ford B24 9QB 0121 377 3000
    Birmingham Bristol Street Motors - Kings Norton B30 3ES 0121 433 3030
    Birmingham Trust Ford B42 2SP 0121 344 5252
    Birmingham Bristol Street Motors - Birmingham B5 7AZ 0121 666 6000
    Birmingham Bristol Street Motors - Birmingham B90 3BS 0121 733 3333
    Blackburn Evans Halshaw (Blackburn) BB1 3HT 01254 506222
    Blackpool Evans Halshaw (Blackpool) FY4 4ES 01253 699 000
    Bolton Bristol Street Motors - Bolton Ford BL1 2HQ 01204 524 474
    Bookham Trust Ford KT23 4HY 01372 455250
    Borough Green Foreman Bros TN15 8AG 01732 882 173
    Bradford Trust Ford BD1 4SR 01274 756200
    Braintree Lookers Ford CM7 2QS 01376 778 149
    Braintree Perkins Garages Limited CM77 6SA 01376 550899
    Brecon Brecon Ford LD3 8BT 01874 622401
    Brentwood Allen Ford CM13 3BH 01708 774747
    Brighton Dinnages BN41 1XD 01273 429600
    Bristol Gordano Ford BS20 7HW 01275 842180
    Bristol Trust Ford BS3 2LB 0117 908 9999
    Bristol Trust Ford BS34 5BZ 01173 174150
    Broxburn A M Phillip Trucktech Limited EH52 5ND 01506 865000
    Buckingham Buckingham Ford MK18 1AQ 01280 812121
    Burnley Evans Halshaw (Burnley) BB10 2AP 01282 425 991
    Burton Upon Trent T C Harrison Ford DE14 1NR 01283 524624
    Bury Evans Halshaw BL8 1AA 0161 764 5454
    Byfleet Trust Ford KT14 7LF 01932 332900
    Cardiff Evans Halshaw (Cardiff) CF23 9UE 029 2049 0511
    Carrville Bristol Street Motors - Carrville DH1 1AU 0191 386 1155
    Castle Cary Moff Motors Limited BA7 7PF 01963 350310
    Castleford Trust Ford WF10 4RJ 01977 603 644
    Chelmsford Lookers Ford CM1 3AG 01245 924 525
    Chelmsford Lookers Ford CM2 6PY 01245 924838
    Cheltenham Bristol Street Motors - Cheltenham GL51 0SJ 01242 229 922
    Chepstow Chepstow Ford NP16 5UH 01291 626 462
    Chester Evans Halshaw (Bretton) CH4 0DS 01244 660 681
    Chester Evans Halshaw (Chester) CH1 4PZ 01244 389500
    Chippenham Mon Motors Limited SN14 0GX 01249 667766
    Chorley Evans Halshaw (Chorley) PR7 3AL 01257 266221
    Clevedon Clevedon Garages Limited BS21 6AB 01275 873701
    Coatbridge Evans Halshaw (Coatbridge) ML5 3RB 01236 707500
    Colchester Lookers Ford CO1 2LT 01206 652011
    Colchester Lookers Ford CO4 9YR 01789 267446
    Congleton Burns Garages Limited CW12 3AA 01260 273 553
    Coventry Allen Ford CV3 4AA 024 7650 2000
    Cranfield R. G. R. Garages (Cranfield) Limited MK43 0DG 01234 750 207
    Crewe Bristol Street Motors - Crewe CW1 6NB 01270 583511
    Cwmbran Cwmbran Ford NP44 1TT 01633 485 255
    Darlington Evans Halshaw (Darlington) DL3 8TL 01325 488888
    Daventry Allen Ford NN11 5QS 01327 878686
    Derby T C Harrison Ford DE24 8JH 01332 633633
    Dunfermline Macklin Motors KY12 7RD 01383 721 536
    East Kilbride Evans Halshaw (East Kilbride) G74 5NL 01355 248080
    Edinburgh Evans Halshaw (Edinburgh) EH15 1BT 0131 669 6261
    Epsom Trust Ford KT19 9NW 01372 804000
    Fleetwood Chris Allen Garages FY7 7PE 01253 872292
    Forfar A M Phillip Trucktech Limited DD8 1XP 01307 474 000
    Forfar Glenford DD8 3TG 01307 462 347
    Gainsborough Evans Halshaw (Gainsborough) DN21 1AF 01427 677000
    Gillingham Trust Ford ME7 1AF 01634 280 111
    Glasgow Evans Halshaw (Glasgow) G33 2ET 0141 770 1100
    Glasgow Evans Halshaw (Provan Road) G33 2ET 0141 770 2400
    Glasgow Macklin Motors G53 7RA 0141 880 3123
    Glossop Evans Halshaw SK13 6JF 01457 863 311
    Gloucester Bristol Street Motors - Gloucester GL2 5YB 01452 521 581
    Grantham Evans Halshaw (Grantham) NG31 7UH 01476 565195
    Grays R. T. Rate Limited RM17 5QL 01375 391 234
    Great Yarmouth Pertwee & Back Limited NR30 3LF 01493 331551
    Hamilton Macklin Motors ML3 0EJ 01698 711610
    Harrogate Lookers Ford - Harrogate HG2 7LU 01423 417953
    Hartlepool Bristol Street Motors - Hartlepool TS25 1HT 01429 850 000
    Haywards Heath Dinnages RH16 4EQ 01444 440 116
    High Wycombe Perrys HP11 1BH 01494 450 000
    Huddersfield Trust Ford HD1 6RJ 01484 429675
    Hull Evans Halshaw (Hull) HU4 7DY 01482 357200
    Huntingdon T C Harrison Ford PE29 6EG 01480 433 222
    Isle of Wight Premier Ford PO30 5UY 01983 523 441
    Kettering Allen Ford NN16 8UP 01536 512464
    Kirkcaldy Evans Halshaw (Kirkcaldy) KY2 5PL 01592 261 199
    Kirkintilloch Evans Halshaw (Kirkintilloch) G66 1TA 0141 775 3100
    Knottingley Springfield Garage WF11 8BG 01977 672 583
    Leeds Lookers Ford - Guiseley LS20 8BT 01943 581719
    Leeds Lookers Ford - Leeds LS9 7RY 0113 853 0872
    Leicester Evans Halshaw (Leicester) LE4 0BX 01162 426840
    Lincoln Evans Halshaw (Lincoln) LN2 4HZ 01522 530 101
    Littlehampton Cuff Miller & Co. (Littlehampton) Limited BN17 6BX 01903 714 367
    London Trust Ford NW9 6TH 020 8358 8600
    London (Alperton) Trust Ford HA0 1HG 020 8810 2600
    London (Barking) Trust Ford IG11 9PG 020 8911 3333
    London (Bromley) Bristol Street Motors - Bromley BR2 9HS 020 8249 9000
    London (Dagenham) Trust Ford RM9 6FF 0343 308 3954
    London (Eltham) Trust Ford SE9 3AQ 020 8860 1266
    London (Enfield) Trust Ford EN1 3WX 020 8362 4500
    London (Hayes) Trust Ford UB3 1AX 020 8561 8888
    London (Hounslow) Trust Ford TW3 1SE 020 8814 4600
    London (Staines) Trust Ford TW18 4JQ 01784 466 666
    London (Walthamstow) Trust Ford E17 5DU 020 8556 1521
    London (Woodford Green) Trust Ford IG8 8PE 0208 498 9848
    Macclesfield Bristol Street Motors - Macclesfield SK11 0LP 01625 507107
    Manchester Evans Halshaw M16 0GU 0161 872 2201
    Manchester Evans Halshaw M17 1PD 0161 872 7711
    Merthyr Tydfil Evans Halshaw (Merthyr Tydfil) CF48 1YA 01685 374 111
    Milton Keynes Evans Halshaw (Standing Way) MK10 0AB 01908 585000
    Morpeth Bristol Street Motors - Morpeth NE61 6JN 01670 519 611
    Motherwell Evans Halshaw (Motherwell) ML1 2UB 01698 244200
    Newport Newport Ford NP19 4QU 01633 278020
    Newtown Greenhous - Newtown SY16 3AH 01686 625 514
    Northampton Allen Ford NN1 5NX 01604 625000
    Northampton Allen Ford NN3 9HZ 01604 417500
    Northwich Evans Halshaw CW9 5NQ 01606 338 888
    Nuneaton Allen Ford CV10 7RB 02476 384101
    Ormskirk Lancashire Ford L39 1NZ 01695 573 911
    Orpington Bristol Street Motors - Orpington BR6 7LP 01689 609429
    Peterborough T C Harrison Ford PE1 5YN 01733 425555
    Pontypridd Evans Halshaw (Treforest) CF37 5YA 01443 842376
    Potters Bar Trust Ford EN6 2DZ 01707 652219
    Preston Evans Halshaw (Preston) PR2 2YQ 01772 204 000
    Redditch Bristol Street Motors - Redditch B98 0LJ 01527 521212
    Romford Allen Ford RM7 0ER 01708 774747
    Rotherham Evans Halshaw S62 6BY 01709 710500
    Rugby Allen Ford CV21 1DJ 01788 573 555
    Runcorn Trust Ford WA7 2PY 01928 574333
    Rushden Winslow Ford NN10 6AP 01933 356804
    Sheffield Lookers Ford S4 7UQ 01143 322345
    South Woodham Ferrers Lookers Ford CM3 5ZA 01245 924908
    Spalding T C Harrison Ford PE11 3JG 01775 888199
    St Helens Trust Ford WA9 5AD 01744 610600
    St Neots T C Harrison Ford PE19 1JL 01480 401480
    Stafford Bristol Street Motors - Stafford ST16 2RA 01785 251 331
    Stamford T C Harrison Ford PE9 2DZ 01780 755151
    Stockport Trust Ford SK4 2PD 0161 975 5522
    Stoke-on-Trent Bristol Street Motors - Trentham Lakes ST4 4TU 01782 339800
    Strood Trust Ford ME2 2NY 01634 496 300
    Stroud Bristol Street Motors - Stroud GL5 2AX 01453 751341
    Sudbury Lookers Ford CO10 2XQ 01787 690 080
    Sunderland Lookers Ford - Sunderland SR5 1JQ 0191 357 5570
    Swindon Allen Ford SN3 3LL 01793 646600
    Tadcaster Lawton's of Tadcaster LS24 8EA 01937 833 997
    Tamworth Trust Ford B79 7HD 01827 306700
    Thames Ditton Trust Ford KT7 0EG 0208 339 3500
    Upminster Allen Ford RM14 2DF 01708 774841
    Wakefield Trust Ford WF2 7AW 01924 290290
    Walsall Evans Halshaw (Walsall) WS2 9EX 01922 748 200
    Warrington Trust Ford WA2 7NY 01925 651 111
    Warwick Allen Ford CV34 6SY 01926 314 466
    West Bromwich Bristol Street Motors - West Bromwich B70 0NU 0121 569 1653
    West Wickham E. J. Balaam & Son Limited BR4 9BA 020 8777 1335
    Weston-Super-Mare Trust Ford BS23 3YE 01934 415511
    Wigan Bristol Street Motors - Wigan Ford WN5 0LD 01942 210300
    Wilmslow Trust Ford SK9 1AE 01625 257777
    Winsford Cliff Dickenson & Son (Winsford) Limited CW7 3DQ 01606 592 352
    Wokingham Think Ford - Wokingham RG40 3JS 01189 361100
    Wolverhampton Evans Halshaw (Wolverhampton) WV2 3LS 01902 875 400
    Worcester Bristol Street Motors - Worcester WR3 8UA 01905 343434
    Worthing Dinnages BN11 2NR 01903 820 505
    Wrexham Evans Halshaw (Wrexham) LL14 4EJ 01978 365585
    Wymondham Abbeygate NR18 0SH 01953 601 602
  • Fit the tyres designed to keep you safe and mobile below 7°C from £65 per tyre* 

    *Terms and conditions 

    Price applies to tyres purchased at participating Ford Dealers and is subject to availability. 

    Advertised price includes fitting, balancing and VAT for one tyre (175/65/R14) suitable for models of the Ford Ka with 14' wheels. Prices for winter tyres will vary according to model/tyre size, please contact your participating Ford Dealer for these. 

    Winter tyres should be fitted to all four wheels to ensure that there is no compromise on safety or performance. All four tyres should be of the same brand and with the same construction features. 

    Please ensure that you consult the vehicle handbook for the correct load capacity and speed rating of the winter tyres to be used. Your participating Ford Dealer can also advise.

  • Why should I fit winter tyres?

    Primarily winter tyres are designed for temperatures below 7°C. They are safer in cold conditions, wet or dry , because the tread compounds heat up quicker to create better grip in lower temperatures. Winter tyres use a higher proportion of natural rubber in the tread, minimising the hardening effect at low temperatures. This results in a higher level of grip providing improved braking distances compared to standard summer tyres - 10% in rain, 20% in snow. 

    Are winter tyres only for use in snow?

    Winter tyres are not ‘snow’ tyres and will outperform standard summer tyres in all conditions below 7°C, not just snow and ice. The wider grooves on the winter tyre tread pattern are more effective in slush as well as snow, giving additional traction. The large amount of ‘sipes’ in the tread area create a large number of biting edges which interlock with the surface conditions and improve braking and traction/acceleration. Sipes are tiny slits in the tread blocks that run across the width of many winter tyres: they allow better contact between the tyre and wet, muddy and icy roads. The rubber compounds used for winter tyres are much softer, which prevents hardening at cold temperatures resulting in improved handling. 

    How do winter tyres perform in wet conditions?

    Modern high-performance standard tyres have a harder tread compound which is engineered to ensure grip at medium/high temperatures. The molecules in the tread rubber freeze and harden as temperatures fall, thereby increasing the risk of aquaplaning and increasing braking distance. When temperatures drop below 7°C, winter tyres retain more flexibility and are less prone to aquaplaning. 

    Why should winter tyres be fitted in sets of four?

    Tyres need to perform consistently, particularly braking in severe weather conditions. Fitting winter tyres only on the driving wheels is not recommended. If your car is front-wheel drive and the winter tyres are only fitted on the front wheels you risk spinning. If your car is rear-wheel drive and the tyres are only fitted on the rear wheels you risk sliding off the road while turning. You should ensure that all tyres are of the same speed rating and load index. Consequently a mix of winter tyres and standard summer tyres should not be fitted to your vehicle. 

    Do Winter tyres affect my insurance?

    While winter tyres should reduce the risk of accident when temperatures drop below 7°C, their fitment may be viewed as a modification. They should be in line with the motor manufacturer’s specification and fitted by a reputable dealer. Although fitment of winter tyres should not affect your insurance premium, it is best practice to notify your insurance company. 

    If I fit winter tyres do I have to drive more slowly?

    Winter tyres have a lower speed rating than standard summer tyres. However the lower speed rating should be adequate in winter conditions – for example dropping down from a V rating (max 149 mph) to an H rating (max 131 mph). 

    Do I have to fit winter tyres when driving in Europe?

    Before travelling to Europe in the winter months you should check the legislation as winter tyres are mandatory in some countries such as Austria, Germany, Finland and Sweden. You should also note that some countries require a higher minimum tread depth (e.g. 3mm) than the legal minimum of 1.6 mm in the UK. 

    What happens when temperatures rise above 7°C?

    As the average temperatures between October and March are below 7°C, you should consider waiting until April before changing back to standard summer tyres.

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