More than 18,000 road accidents were caused by snow or ice last year, according to new research.
The Department for Transport has published its Road Accidents and Safety Annual Report 2010 which shows that 15,479 car accidents were due to the harsh weather conditions.
Furthermore, snow or ice on the roads also led to 927 road accidents involving light goods vehicles.
Peter Fairlie, ATS Euromaster's group sales director, claimed that the figures show that you can not be "too prepared" for winter driving.
He told Fleet News: "Cold weather tyres are a simple and cost-effective way to ensure your fleet stays safe and mobile during the winter – not only when driving on snow and ice – but as soon as the temperature drops below seven degrees Celsius.
"It makes good business sense to be prepared, but people need to start fitting their cold weather tyres now."
The report also shows that male drivers were the main cause of accidents among young motorists, with around two thirds of accidents involving those aged between 20 and 29 caused by male motorists.