The advent of winter tyres is bringing steel wheels back into circulation?
Many European countries are coming to terms with the fact that they have to fit winter tyres to their vehicles between the months of November and March, to comply with new winter safety laws. Most Europeans keep a spare set of steel wheels already fitted up with winter tyres. The latest country is Luxembourg, in my opinion, the UK will be one of the next countries to follow suit, only because global warming is bringing us all colder winters and wetter summers, with a need for better and safer tyres to cope with these weather conditions. Steel wheels and winter tyres are a much better option and enable motorists to travel far safer in the winter months than the standard summer tyres that we are all so used to buying.
This new trend in motoring.Probably started off in Germany.Hence, it has sparked off a revival for new Steel Wheels and Tyres Packages. Thus, with a set of winter tyres fitted. So that the driver, can change their set of alloy wheels.Of course, that are complete with summer tyres. Therefore, to a set of Factory Steel Wheels, fitted with winter tyres.Of course, a splendid idea. Thus, one that should be looked by all safety-conscious motorists.
Steel wheels much stronger in winter
We here in Halifax have also noted that more of our customers are purchasing winter tyres and we now run a “tyre hotel”, saving the summer tyres in winter and then changing them back to summers in say March. The trend of buying a set of steel wheels has not yet caught on, but we are starting to see this trend happen here now with more customers opting for a separate set of steel wheels with winter tyres fitted, definitely a thing for the future.
One of the leading steel wheel manufacturers in the World is a Swiss company called KFZ Stahlrad. They manufacture steel wheels for the aftermarket to fit up to 90% of cars and SUV vehicles. The business developed with the advent of the new EU laws making winters a compulsory fitment and have gone from strength to strength now supplying much of Europe with this excellent product.
Another good point to make about steel wheels is that they are much stronger and more resilient than alloy wheels. They may not look as pretty as alloys but are easier and cheaper to replace should you bump one, in say icy winter conditions. Steel wheels are repaired with just a simple hammer, but alloys require specialist repairers with a big repair bill at the end of it.
Steel wheels are also available for a number of vehicles including larger cars and SUV vehicles and are very much worth looking into for your second set of winter tyres for a smooth change over from summer to winter tyres.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.