Drivers should consider fitting winter tyres soon as temperatures drop below seven degrees Celsius and become increasingly dangerous, road charity Tyresafe has urged.
According to data produced by the Met Office, the three-month period beginning in December and ending in February represents the coldest time of the year with average temperatures below seven degrees Celsius.
This in turnleaves roads at their most dangerous, with normal tyres also hardening in a combination that leads to reduced performance and increased danger.
Tyresafe iscalling for drivers to install winter compounds in a bid to effectively combat the reduced grip and treacherous icy conditions.
The charity pointed to the benefits of the high natural rubber content found in the tread compound of winter tyres that combines with advanced silica compounds to provide better grip, shorter stopping distances and improved safety.
Stuart Jackson, Tyresafe chairman, said: "Fitting winter tyres is the safest option as they provide extra grip in these types of conditions, making driving much safer."
The call comes after tests by the British Tyre Manufacturers Association found that a car with winter compounds had a stopping distance 5m shorter than a car with standard tyres travelling at 60 mph in wet conditions.
Posted by Danielle Barge