Winter Wheels: Steel or Alloy?

by Which Tyres on 13th June 2011

We are pretty sure that winter will be far from your mind at the moment, but whilst most of you are planning your summer holidays, we are busy thinking about winter tyres and wheels! We have to plan so far in advance because winter is such a busy time for the tyre industry. We need to be prepared for the influx of people that decide to change their tyres when the weather starts to turn!

In fact, it’s a good idea for drivers to start thinking about their winter tyres soon too, so that they can research what’s available and at what prices. One of the biggest decisions to make when buying winter tyres is what type of wheel to go for. The options are Steel and Alloy, let’s look at the benefits of both:

Winter Steel Wheels

The major benefit of steel over alloy wheels is that they are cheaper. They are generally produced in smaller sizes so allow for a reduction in wheel size. This means that they are perfect for you if you’re one of the many drivers who like to opt for a smaller diameter wheel for the winter. Many drivers choose this option because a smaller wheel makes for easier and safer winter driving.

Skidding is part and parcel of winter driving and something that drivers worry about. If you are worried about damaging your wheels during winter and don’t want to spend a lot on replacing them if you do, then steel is probably the best choice.

Winter Alloy Wheels

We’re not going to lie. Alloy wheels look better than steel, so if you want your car to look as good as possible then this is the option for you! Alloys are also available in larger sizes so are suitable for vehicles that won’t take a smaller wheel (4×4 owners – we’re looking at you!) They can be used on a wide range of vehicles including BMW, Audi and Volvo.

The alloy wheels stocked by Tyremen are imported from Germany and are of superb quality. They are finished in hard-wearing paint (ideal for the winter months!) and come with a 5 year guarantee.

Check out the full range of winter tyres at our partner website Once we have finished all of our hard work planning for winter, there will be a full winter wheel and tyre package on the website too – so check back soon! If you can’t wait, call the friendly Tyremen team on 08456807808.

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