Avoid slip ups on the roads – fit winter tyres

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Drivers are being reminded that they can stay safe and mobile on the UK roads, whatever the weather, by fitting winter tyres to their vehicles, according to TyreSafe.

The warning follows the uncertainty surrounding about the likelihood of a White Christmas this year, and the leading tyre safety group highlights the fact that winter tyres are designed to provide better grip in cold and damp conditions compared with normal ‘summer’ tyres. Winter tyres are ideal for British roads from October through to the spring, when temperatures rarely rise above 7 degrees Celsius, as well in rarer but more extreme conditions such as snow and ice.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, commented: “We’ve had one of the mildest autumns on record, but the colder, wetter weather is now most definitely here bringing with it more hazardous driving conditions.

“While we can’t know for sure if we will experience snow this year, we can be certain that drivers fitting winter tyres will have better grip and safety, throughout the entire winter period.”

Many drivers in the UK mistakenly think that winter tyres only offer benefits when they are driving on snow and ice but the reality is very different. As temperatures drop below 7 degrees, the tread compound in normal tyres begins to harden, providing reduced levels of grip. Winter weather tyres contain more natural rubber which minimises the hardening effect, giving them extra grip in cold, wet and icy conditions. Indeed, tests conducted by the British Tyre Manufacturers Association found that a car braking at 60mph on a wet road at 5 degrees Celsius stopped five metres shorter, equivalent to more than one car length, when fitted with winter weather tyres.

Jackson added” “Without question, the safest option for UK drivers is to switch between winter and summer tyres each year as the seasons change. Alternatively, all-season tyres can offer a more balanced performance without the need to change between seasons. However, investing in an extra set of winter tyres ensures they are best matched to the road conditions, providing the best possible levels of safety.”

etyres supply and fit a wide range of winter tyres and all-season tyres to suit all budgets and its Discount Promise means its prices are always low with £25 off orders of four tyres or more.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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