By Denna Bowman
Commuters battling to get to work and parents doing the school run are among those six times more likely to have an accident on the roads during the winter months, with snow and ice increasing the risks, according to Continental tyres.
It is therefore even more crucial that they have the right tyres for their cars and that they are in good condition, because last year the UK experienced temperatures ranging from +30 to -15 degrees Centigrade.
Tim Bailey, safety expert at Continental Tyres said: “When the temperature drops below 7 degrees Centigrade, cold weather tyres which have tread patterns and compounds designed for wintry roads are certainly worth considering.
“They improve stopping distances in icy, wet and any snowy conditions we might experience in the coming months. Again, it’s all about being prepared so that you are safe in all eventualities this winter.”
To increase driver awareness of winter road conditions and accident prevention, Continental Tyres has released four tyre safety videos presented by racer Fiona Leggate.
The videos focus on the most important checks that drivers should be vigilant about performing on their car tyres in the winter, as well as simple and straightforward tyre safety information.
“I’m in the unusual position of not only being a racing car driver, but also a mother” said Fiona, “Being a mother means that – now more than ever – I’m equally concerned about the performance of tyres off-track, as I am on it.”