A MOTORS expert has revealed the key warning signs your car needs winter tires.
Motorists have been told what to look out for as the weather worsens after Storm Ciarán caused chaos and the chilly Christmas period looms.
Car gurus say that while summer tires are typically standard equipment on vehicles, it’s well worth looking into alternative options for winter use.
Stiff, low-profile summer tires work well in climates between seven and 40 degrees and provide good grip in both dry and wet conditions.
They are also praised for their durability, typically lasting around 20,000 miles while requiring less work on the engine, which can keep fuel costs down.
But people living in colder parts of the UK such as the Scottish Highlands are being urged to opt for special winter versions instead.
They often have deeper profiles and wider grooves to better direct and “wash away” cold water on the road. That’s money recommended.
This ensures better grip at temperatures below seven degrees.
AA president Edmund King said: “Winter tires make perfect sense in the UK if you live in a more remote or mountainous area of the country where more extreme weather tends to last longer.”
“They work incredibly well and give you far better grip on snow or icy roads.”
However, he advised against incurring the additional cost if you live in a place where temperatures rarely drop that low.
He added: “Many drivers choose not to use the car when there is snow or ice nearby.”
Other driving tips as winter approaches include an ‘essential’ from B&M priced at just £1.99 and tips on dealing with frozen windscreens.
Tips for fogging up windshields were also given, as well as advice on how to heat up your car in half the time.
And the AA has issued an urgent warning to motorists after being called to rescue many people affected by floods.
Meanwhile, a woman shared shocking footage of what happened to her car while she lived in it for a winter.
And a car insurance expert warned of a scheme that could cost flood victims thousands.
Families were also given advice on how to keep their energy bills to a minimum as they tried to heat their homes this winter.