Conti offers motorists free winter tyre tests

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Continental tyres is offering motorists the chance to experience first hand the difference between the performance of summer and winter tyres, with free tests being held this week at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge.

UK drivers are six times more likely to have an accident during the winter months, with the numbers rising further when snow and ice add an extra hazard. However, many motorists are unprepared for wintry conditions when driving, and many are unaware that they can improve safety by doing something as simple as switching to winter tyres, according to the German tyre maker.

Continental has identified that nearly half (47 per cent) of motorists are unaware that winter tyres even exist. Either motorists are not aware they exist or they are under the wrong mpression that winter tyres can only be used during times of heavy snow or ice. In fact, winter tyres can be used on slush, ice, frost and even wet roads.

Any time the temperature dips below 7C you’re better off on winter tyres. This is because unlike regular tyres, winter tyres do not harden at lower temperatures. That means they give you a much better grip on the road and the ability to stop in a shorter distance, increasing your safety whilst driving.

A vehicle fitted with winter tyres will come to standstill on a snow-covered road (from a speed of just 30mph) after 35 metres – with normal tyres the braking distance required is a further 8 metres (43 metres). That is another two car lengths.

Continental tyres is offering the free tests at Mercedes-Benz World to really drive home the advantages of having winter tyres fitted and motorists will get the chance to experience driving two cars through a slalom on a simulated icy track, one fitted with Continental summer tyres and the other with Continental winter tyres, providing first-hand experience with the notable difference in stopping distance.

The tests are being offered for free until Sunday 2nd November. Slots are available between 11am and 2pm, there is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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