Kwik-Fit prepares for cold weather with new winter tyre programme
Kwik-Fit is actually urging fleets to plan for winter driving conditions by arranging now for summer tyres fitted to vehicles to be removed in October/November before the snow starts to fall.
Peter Lambert, sales director for Kwik-Fit Fleet, said: 'We have launched the special winter tyre programme for the first time this year because fleet demand for winter tyres has increased in the last two years due to the harsh winters we have seen. As a result, we are advising fleets to plan and book their changeover now as once the snow starts to fall it could be too late.'
Uniquely, Kwik-Fit Fleet is offering a "hotel" facility that sees it remove, pack, label and store each company car and van's summer tyres in its Northamptonshire National Distribution Centre for £40. In the spring, the summer tyres will be returned to each customer's centre of choice for fitment with the winter tyres removed and stored until required again.
As well as improving road safety, swapping summer tyres for winter tyres designed to perform in the harshest of conditions could actually reduce fleet operating costs.
Mr Lambert explained: 'Winter tyres last as long as summer tyres and perform better in winter conditions. Depending on vehicle mileage, winter tyres could last for two or even three winters. As, a result wear and tear suffered by summer tyres, which is increased in harsh road conditions, is reduced so postponing their replacement.'
He added: 'Fleets wanting to fit winter tyres to their vehicles should contact Kwik-Fit Fleet now and we will arrange for the correct tyres to be delivered to their centre of choice for fitment at a pre-booked time by one of our trained technicians. A similar service is available when the weather improves and fleets want their summer tyres refitted.
'We believe that the "hotel" facility that we are offering which enables tyres to be stored is not offered by any other supplier and once again shows that Kwik-Fit Fleet is delivering industry-leading service.'