Your new school minibus or van will be delivered to you with brand new tyres and you wont be thinking about what should happen if the snow comes. With recent winters suggesting that winter temperatures peaked three years ago and that frost-free/snow free winters are a thing of the past, perhaps we need to accept that winters getting worse for the next few years
Vans normally cover a higher annual mileage than cars and will undoubtedly have a set of new tyres or even two sets, fitted during your lease. So, why not make one of those sets of tyres a winter set and fit them in winter and remove them in spring, the only additional cost is having them swapped over. But the benefits are enormous
Its possible that North of Birmingham in the UK, will not see higher than 6 degrees Celsius between now and next March. Below 7 degrees, a normal tyre changes from a flexible to a hard rubber compound, which speeds up wear and reduces grip. With winter tyres, the rubber remains flexible and gives greater traction. On a cold wet day they are superb and on ice or snow, they are a lifesaver. As an added bonus, a winter tyre durability is higher than normal tyres by at least 20% in winter. If you do travel enormous miles, they may just pay for themselves.
If it snows and you can deliver that parcel, pick up that pallet or still get to that burst pipe How does that sound? Simply, it sets you apart from everyone else. A set of steel wheel and snow tyres, the best set up to have for easy swap overs, will average out at just less than £1000, but you’re going to buy tyres anyway and what will it really cost for your business to be on stop if you can’t get to that pallet?
If you have a new school minibus, you will mostly have the same considerations. But whereas a van can be off the road, a minibus needs to keep going. But then you have a duty of care, a legal responsibility to the children that you are going to move around to transport them safely. Therefore, should you not be considering winter tyres.