Cold weather tyres make for much safer winter driving, says What Car?

22nd September 2011

UK drivers have been urged to fit cold weather tyres this winter after new research further underlined the benefits of preparing for the big freeze.

What Car? magazine recently compared the performance of winter tyres against their summer tyre counterparts in a series of cold-weather performance tests.

The tests, which were carried out in Sweden and Germany, revealed that the average stopping distance for winter tyres on sheet ice at 12mph was 12.5 metres for winter tyres and 19 metres for summer tyres.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: "Winter tyres make for much safer winter driving, so we would encourage all motorists to change their tyres in the colder months. Used in this way a set of winter tyres will last motorists several years."

Last year, just ten per cent of UK motorists switched to winter tyres and five per cent were unable to due to a shortage of available tyres. The remainder kept their summer tyres on throughout the big freeze. 

Posted by Danielle Barge