Are winter tyres necessary – Snow driving tips

Winter tyres – In our chats about snow driving tips, today  we have a look to see if winter tyres are needed in Australia.


Specialised winter tyres are made slightly differently to other tyres, they have a higher level of natural rubber, different tread patterns and tiny grooves to improve traction.

If you are spending 100% of your time in the snow then they may be worthwhile.

But they don’t last as well in normal conditions, that’s why they aren’t so popular in Australia with a short snow season.

The best tyre would probably be an All Terrain tyre as they have similar qualities to winter tyres and are better for the 95% of your time spent under normal conditions.

As with all tyres there is a lot of choice even in all terrains. There are more road-based styles and others with more aggressive deeper treads and side lugs.


For my Pajero I chose Bridgestone Dueler A/T D697 LT. These are a great balance between majority road based use, some heavy duty off road work and the occasional snow trip.

They have deep tread to clear the snow with groves for better traction. They have a high rubber content and while compliant they are heavily cut and chip resistant.

Even with the best tyres though, driving in the snow can be dangerous so always be careful

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.