Powell argues instead that it’s the UK fleets operating trans-European journeys that will benefit from a suitable winter tyre with heightened traction, especially when driving through “alpine passes of Switzerland and the Nordic countries”.
Bridgestone’s Highway Ecopia, Regional Duravis and U-AP Tyres Have Winter in the UK Covered
As Powell explains, there is not a massive demand for winter tyres in the UK due to the prevailing weather conditions. Bridgestone does not stock specific winter products within the UK due to the lack of demand from fleet operators. The Bridgestone Highway Ecopia 002, Regional Duravis 002 and U-AP002 products, which both have 3PSMF and M+S certifications on all axle positions, more than fulfil the requirements laid out for British roads. With the Duravis R-Drive 002, Steer and Trailer truck tyres all having a high silica cap compound to provide high wet grip and low running temperatures, this is a solid combination for long-haul winter routes. Likewise, the Ecopia H-Drive 002, Steer and Trailer truck tyres are also particularly efficient on the highway, thanks in part to their NanoPro tech compound, which ensures low rolling resistance, important for journeys consisting of long, intensive stretches.
Finally, for buses, Bridgestone’s U-AP 002 tyre has a reinforced sidewall and year-round application. As the tyre boasts a high load capacity and, of course, the crucial M+S and 3PMSF accreditations, it's a solid all-rounder for the segment.
Powell acknowledges that for drivers who are travelling within colder European countries that have long winters, it’s imperative that drivers consider a dedicated winter tyre. However, for the UK, Bridgestone’s standard tyres are more than suitable.
Finally, Powell explains that drivers should continue to perform regular maintenance on their tyres to ensure a tread depth of at least 5-6 millimetres to allow for excellent traction on UK roads throughout Europe.
“This is necessary to ensure good traction in those severe winter conditions,” he said.
Through a combination of legislation and research and development, Bridgestone has ensured that its tyres can deliver for fleet operators in the harshest conditions that winter can offer.