Welcome to the Tyre Hotel at Thame Service Station Tyre Shop

When a hedgehog finishes a busy summer of snuffling it heads for hibernation under a hedge.

Bears bed down in comfy caves for the cold weather, and tortoises retreat into the safety of their shells.

We’re used to things changing in our natural environment when the cold weather comes in, but animals aren’t the only ones who benefit from waiting out the Winter.

When you hear the words ‘winter tyres’ your thoughts probably run to visions of snow-strewn roads, icy driveways and Arctic Eastern European temperatures.

But the threshold for switching over to winter tyres is lower than you might think.

Or more accurately, it’s higher.

As this video explains, temperatures south of 7˚ cause changes to the way the rubber in your tyres interact with the road.

What was giving you a tight, grippy ride through the balmy summer months starts to lose some of that security before the mince pies are in the shops.

Oh, hang on a sec… scratch that, I’ve just been into Waitrose and they’re already out.  But you get the idea.

Winter tyres don’t look much different than normal tyres, but they act very differently, as demonstrated in the video.

So what do you do with your ‘summer tyres’ when they’re temporarily replaced by their squishier counterparts?

Where do tyres go to hibernate?

Welcome to the Tyre Hotel.