By Denna Bowman
A staggering 98 per cent of UK motorists are using summer tyres for winter driving, according to research by a leading tyres manufacturer.
Industry data from Goodyear confirms that the winter tyre market accounts for just 2% of overall UK tyre sales.
However, in the midst of the third successive winter of extreme weather, 95 per cent of those survey would now like firmer Government action, with 60 per cent favouring mandatory use of winter tyres.
In stark contrast to Britain, 10 European countries have already introduced winter tyre legislation and/or government public awareness campaigns. This list now includes Germany, which this year made it an offence to drive on non-winter tyres on snow and ice.
James Bailey, Goodyear Dunlop Head of UK Corporate Communications, said: “Some countries demand winter tyres by law, some countries simply know they can’t make it through winter without them, including increasingly in Britain.
“It is not surprising we see so many stories of motorists getting stuck in this weather when virtually all UK motorists are driving on summer tyres. The benefits of winter products are well known to drivers in our neighbouring countries.
“Winter tyres significantly improve grip and reduce stopping distances in low temperatures and, unlike summer tyres, they do not harden. Indeed, the reality is that in wintry conditions even a small family car equipped with winter tyres will perform better than a high performance 4×4 on summer tyres.
“Winter tyres are much more effective, not only in snow and ice, but also in cold, dry conditions below 7 degrees centigrade.”