October 17, 2017

WINTER’S NOT OVER YET

winter_tyres_writeon_motoringIn the UK we can expect some bad weather during the later winter months and quite often there is more snow in February than during other winter months. In the past five decades the UK has experienced temperatures consistently below 7°C at which level summer tyres do not perform efficiently in terms of traction and stopping distances.

The solution to maintaining safe passage on the roads in snow, ice and low temperatures is to consider fitting winter or cold weather tyres. According to Continental Tyres, drivers are six times more likely to have an accident during winter months than at other times in the year.

But what are winter/cold weather tyres? These tyres have benefited from twenty-five years of tyre technology and contain more silca which means that, unlike summer tyres, they do not harden in temperatures below 7°C and therefore remain more flexible and deliver better traction and shorter stopping distances in ice and snow or at low temperatures.

Research has indicated that the one major fear that most drivers have is the fear of skidding on wet or icy road conditions. Cold weather tyres cannot overcome the laws of physics but will help to maintain traction and reduce stopping distances when the ambient temperatures fall below 7°C or when the roads are snow covered or icy.

Concerns have been expressed recently about insurance cover on vehicle’s fitted with winter tyres. According to the Association of British Insurers many insurance companies do not require the payment of any additional premium if customers decide to fit winter tyres, provided that the tyres meet and are fitted in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer’s specification. However, some insurers require that motorists contact them to let them know if you fit winter tyres. If in doubt – check!

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