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How and when is it advisable to change my winter tyres?

The winter may have staged a comeback not too long ago, but the warmer temperatures have us eagerly looking forward to the summer. Unless another huge icy blast blows in, winter tyres are not really necessary any more, but when is the best time to change them? And how can you do it yourself?

What is the difference?

Winter tyres are made of a rubber compound that remains flexible in colder temperatures. Once the temperature drops below 7 degrees, the performance of winter tyres is better than that of summer tyres. If you don't change your tyres for a whole year, the rubber wears faster due to higher or lower temperatures (depending on the type of tyre fitted).

If you want it done properly, do it yourself?

Tyre fitters will do this for you in next to no time. Find out the cost from different garages.

Are you handy with a spanner and do your own car maintenance? All you need is a bit of skill, a jack and a socket spanner or wheel brace. This chore will often save you about €40 to €60 per year. A word of warning: if you have a recent car with TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), then it is best to leave the job to a specialist tyre fitter.

Is it already that time of year when I need to change tyres? Check your tyre pressures now too! After all, you don't want a blowout.

When should I change my tyres?

The best tip we can give you is this one: when the clocks change from winter to summer time. So change your tyres at the same time as the clocks change.

Listen out for radio commercials because often there are adverts drawing motorists' attention to the change-over.