Demand for cold weather tyres has quadrupled – ATS Euromaster
Between September and November 2011 ATS Euromaster saw a 301% rise in the number of cold weather tyres fitted to cars, 4x4s and vans, compared with the same period in 2010. Early indications suggest that sales are continuing to climb during December, with demand reaching unprecedented levels in parts of the country already affected by snow and ice.
Huw Williams, Group Marketing director at ATS Euromaster, said: 'This year we worked hard to secure significantly more stock and it's enabled us to meet the exceptionally strong demand. We still have cold weather tyres available in many different sizes; however, it's a continually changing situation and we're yet to see sales reach their peak.
'If the current snowfall drifts further south, then availability could change overnight. Our advice remains to secure any cold weather tyres you require now,' he added.
Last year ATS Euromaster transformed the UK's cold weather tyre market when it became the first national tyre specialist to launch a fully-managed cold weather tyre service for car and van fleets. This resulted in a 955 per cent rise in its sale of seasonal fitments during winter 2010/2011, compared with the previous year.
Williams added: 'Fitting cold weather tyres can instantly transform the handling of a car or van throughout the winter period. Even with a 4×4, there is no guarantee of being able to brake on ice or maintain traction on a snow covered road if it's fitted with standard tyres. Whatever vehicle you drive, if you're not on the right rubber for the conditions, you risk running into trouble, not to mention the person in front.
'Cold weather tyres are a worthy investment, which in many cases will last for several winters. And contrary to popular belief they won't double your tyre costs, as you're only causing wear to one set of tyres at a time, so total tyre wear doesn't increase.
'If there's a slight cost to the purchase of the tyres, fitting, and out-of- season storage in a tyre hotel, that can be measured against increased safety, mobility, productivity and peace of mind.'
ATS Euromaster is stocking cold weather tyres for cars, 4x4s and light commercial vehicles, available to order both online via www.atseuromaster.co.uk and across the company's 370 centres throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Cold weather tyre prices start from just £174 for a set of four. Storing four summer tyres in an ATS Euromaster tyre hotel costs just £30 (£7.50 per tyre).