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Should you consider remould winter tyres?

It seems that everyone has an opinion on remoulds these days. It doesn't matter who you ask, it seems that everyone is more than willing to try to convince you that they're right at all costs. It's certainly one of those black and white issues where many people are concerned, but where does the actual truth lie? We set out to investigate.

When it comes to winter tyres, not many of us in the United Kingdom are all that bothered for the most part. It's not like we get particularly long hardy winters like they do in say Canada, or Russia, for example. We get a bit of snow, the whole country shuts down, then it freezes for a few weeks and we're back up and running again.

Yet, how much easier would we make it on ourselves were we to actually start using winder tyres? Truth be told, things would improve quite a bit. As some who has spent quite a bit of time abroad, I can tell you from first hand experience that dedicated winter tyres make a huge difference to the performance of your vehicle in slippery conditions. You'll not only feel safer, but much more confident behind the wheel.

Remoulds are a different story though. You're not going to get anywhere close to the performance you'd expect from a set of regular tyres. Let's face it, why would you expect to, given the huge difference in the cost, but the question here is whether or not they're worth considering if you're on a budget.

The simple answer is yes. However we must add a caveat to that. Remould winter tyres are all well and good if you've got an old car, or one you're not particularly bothered about spending money on. They'll do a job and improve your grip, but if you've got any sort of performance in your engine then you're going to almost immediately regret being so cheap.

It's not that your handling will be massively affected, but it's more a case that your car will go from feeling like a finely tuned athlete to feeling like the fat kid who always got picked last in gym class. If your main concern is getting from A to B without spending a fortune, then by all means give them a go. Otherwise, you might want to consider splashing out a little bit more.

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