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If you regularly make the commute to work or navigate the school run, you’ll have probably experienced winter’s most unwelcome offerings. Heavy rain, thick snow and black ice can make what would usually be a straight-forward run incredibly hazardous.

The harsh effects of the poor weather conditions we’re regularly waking up to, here in the United Kingdom, can be limited though with the right set of winter tyres. A number of fantastic car tyres have been produced during the past year – offering a huge amount of precision and high performance.

Here’s just a small round-up featuring five of the standout winter car tyres that have been produced during the past twelve months:

· Bridgestone:

Bridgestone’s BLIZZAK Performance winter tyre could be summed up quite simply as being outstanding. They feature the Japanese tyre manufacturer’s patented compound of microscopic pores, which help them to maintain traction on the iciest of roads.

Tests have shown that a car fitted with a set of Bridgestone BLIZZAK Performance tyres can stop a shorter distance – of approximately 35 feet – when travelling at 30mph on ice than a car fitted with a standard set of car tyres.

· Continental:

Both the ContiWinterContact TS 830 and the TS 800 snow tyres have been lauded with a huge amount of praise from high places; consumer campaigning charity, Which? awarded them with a ‘Best Buy’ rating – signifying their quality.

Regardless of which one of these Continental winter tyres you opt for, you’ll be able to rest safe in the knowledge that you’re getting a highly recommended product.

· Michelin:

Those who own the Michelin Alpin A4 will be able to testify to their value. They work particularly well on those roads that aren’t visited by the gritting lorry each day.

Displaying a good amount of versatility, the Michelin Alpin A4 winter tyre also works well in clearer conditions.

· Pirelli:

Responsible for supplying tyres to the World Rally Championship, it shouldn’t really come as any great surprise that Pirelli produces a range of car tyres capable of dealing with slippery roads piled with slush.

Its main winter tyre offering, the Winter Carving Edge, features a studded tread design – capable of providing cars with that extra bit of grip needed.

· Firestone:

You won’t really begin to appreciate the qualities of the Firestone WinterForce studded tyres until you’re driving in the very worst conditions. They make driving in snow a far simpler proposition.

Regardless of the winter tyre set you’ve got fitted to your car though, the feeling of concern is always likely to be there when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

However, a good set of winter tyres by a renowned manufacturer can make the driving during this season a lot safer.

Known for regularly driving her Vauxhall Astra round Grimsby, it would be fair to say that Louisa Jenkins has a love for motoring. Just before the winter months arrive, she can be found looking for the best winter tyre sets to make her own car safer to drive.