Time to think about winter tyres?

19th November 2013

Anyone who is up early in the morning to drive to work will know that winter is almost upon us and the hassle of clearing ice from windscreens and car windows has become a daily task.

Temperatures are set to continue dropping in the coming weeks and months and some forecasts are suggesting that the UK should prepare itself for the first winter snowfall.

All of this means that driving will become more difficult, particularly when travelling on standard tyres, which begin to lose their effectiveness below seven degrees C.

Driving in icy, wet and snow covered roads puts a greater emphasis on the role of vehicle tyres and it may be time to consider fitting winter tyres to a vehicle.

Doing this will provide confidence that your vehicle will be able to come to a halt in the appropriate time, rather than continuing to slide on and be involved in a collision with the car in front.

Ultimately, winter tyre offer better grip and reduced stopping distances compared with summer tyres and with weather experts predicting a possible cold snap, buying a set of winter or cold weather tyres could be a valuable investment.

Simply adding winter tyres is not a guarantee that you will avoid an accident this winter, making it important that you adjust your driving style. Driving in slippery conditions requires additional care and attention when it comes to use of the steering, brakes and accelerator.

It is important to brake very gently in wet, icy or snowy conditions as hard braking can lead to a skid. Reducing speed can also be done through use of the gears, while driving in a high gear can help reduce wheelspin.

While it can be tempting to continue using the brakes during a slide, it is best to release them until the car is back under control. This means it is imperative that you allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front, so you have time to correct errors if needed.

Posted by Danielle Barge