December 12th, 2012 in Car Maintenance Tips
When it comes down to finding winter tyres and wheels for my Mercedes C-Class, I count myself as a bit of an expert. Over the years I've tried out all sorts, so I thought I'd share with you guys a few hints and tips about what I have learnt so that you can find the correct tyres for your Mercedes.
Although my car is a pleasure to drive during the summer months, it becomes fairly challenging in snowy, wintry conditions (thanks, rear wheel set up!). I've had friends in the past that have ignored the idea of having different tyres for the summer and winter, but you'd be surprised the difference that it makes and you really can't compromise safety.
There are some fantastic combinations of winter wheels and tyres to help increase winter performance and make your vehicle easier to drive in harsher conditions - they work rather well at cutting your breaking distances!
A very common tyre size for a Mercedes C-Class is 205/55R16 - it's really simple to change from summer tyres to winter tyres for this size. You'll find that the tyres on a Mercedes C-Class are in fact quite narrow - this is great for driving in winter weather conditions as narrow tyres perform much better at that time of year.
You are able to select from various different brands of tyres – I've found that the best type of winter tyres for my car is without a doubt either the Vredestein Snowtrac 3 or the new Continental TS830 P. I would recommend that if you're looking to keep costs down, mid-range options provided by brands such as Hankook or Uniroyal will still help out towards increasing your vehicle's overall performance during winter.
It's well worth keeping in mind that not all Mercedes C-Class' cars will have the same size wheels as mine - some may have 17" or 18" wheels so it's worth taking your car to be checked out at your local garage before buying. A lot of people will tend to go for packages which include both winter tyres and wheels this makes kitting your car out with the right gear that little bit simpler!
Once you've got to grip with your vehicle's tyre measurements and start to recognise how differently branded tyres perform, it's easier to just go online and start shopping around to find the ideal tyres for your car.
As a final note, I always suggest taking great care of your tyres - keep on top of checking the pressure and tread depth and be sure to store your summer/winter tyres away correctly if you've swapped them out for the season.
Jamie Doutt is a new blogger with a keen interest in anything to do with cars. He has a particular passion for road and tyre safety. The products reviewed in this post can be found here.