Winter tyres are not legally required in the UK however here is some info on how to store them should you have any. If you don’t store tyres correctly, you may cause damage to them.
What are winter tyres?
Winter tyres are designed to stay flexible in temperatures below 7 degrees due to the certain type of rubber with high silica content. They give better performance on snow and ice and help your braking and handling of the car.
They would be suitable for drivers in the UK if you live in a remote area of the country where conditions are worse for longer. All winter tyres will be marked with a snowflake making it easier to identify them.
How should I store my Winter tyres?
It's important to know that you shouldn’t keep tyres outside or unused on a vehicle for more than a month as it can have a negative effect and impact their performance. It’s also advised to rotate the tyres the following year to even out wear so take note of which tyres are the front and rear before storing them.
It is advised to wash and clean them with water then dry them carefully to avoid corrosion before storage. You can purchase special bags to protect them further.
Where should I store them?
- Store them in a cool place away from direct sunlight and sources of heat to prevent the tyres from ‘Cracking’
- Garages, basements and sheds are ideal for storing tyres
- Store tyres on clean dry surfaces free from grease, fuel or other substances that could deteriorate the rubber
What is the best short term storage solution?
You can store them short term by stacking the tyres as long as the pile doesn’t go higher than around 4ft. You should also try and avoid storing them directly on the floor. If you are looking for a long-term solution, you should store them vertically on a rack. Ensure the rack leaves a 4 inch gap from the ground.