Yes winter tyres are available to buy and be fitted by your local Mitsubishi dealership. Please contact your local dealer for more information.
A large majority of people mistakenly believe that winter tyres are only required when it snows, however winter tyres improve grip and reduce stopping distances from 7 degrees and below, they can also wear up to 20% less than standard tyres in colder conditions.
Winter tyres significantly improve grip and reduce stopping distances in temperatures below 7° Celsius because, unlike standard tyres, they do not harden due to their make-up of additional natural rubber and complex tread pattern.
This enables winter tyres to maintain better traction in low temperatures, as well as in the wet and on snow, slush and ice, reducing the risk of aquaplaning and improving braking distance.
Their effectiveness can be most evident with stopping distance in snow. Stopping at just 20mph on an icy road can be improved by 11 metres, which is around the length of a bus.
The cost of winter tyres vary depending on the vehicle, as a Mirage will warrant different tyres to a Shogun.
The optimum conditions for winter tyres are in temperatures of 7 degrees and below, however winter tyres can be used all year round but may experience higher rates of wear in warmer conditions. The recommended, safest and most economical option is to switch to winter tyres in October and then back to standard tyres in March.An alternative option is to fit all-weather tyres or tyres marked M+S (Mud +Snow), consult your local Mitsubishi dealership for more information.
It is a misconception that winter tyres are only for use on snow, winter tyres are ideal for conditions below 7° Celsius whether it is wet and snowing, slushy or icy, vastly reducing the risk of aquaplaning and improving braking distance.
Winter tyres have a lower top speed recommendation compared to summer tyres, however this should not affect the day to day use of the tyres including motorway driving as the top speed exceeds the national speed limit.
In the UK it is not a legal requirement to fit winter tyres, however winter tyres are recommended in extreme weather and/or temperature.However be aware that regulations in parts of mainland Europe vary from country to country, as in certain countries it is a legal requirement to use winter tyres.
Consult your local Mitsubishi dealership for specific information to your vehicle. However fitting winter tyres to any Mitsubishi will improve grip and reduce stopping distances.
The majority of motor insurers will not charge additional premiums for vehicles fitted with winter tyres, provided that the tyres are roadworthy and have been fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
To find out if you should notify your insurer visit:ABI Guide to winter tyres