It wasn’t just the little ones who were excited to see the blanket of snow that covered much of the UK last weekend – Chris Knapman, the Daily Telegraph motoring correspondent, finally got the chance to put his new winter tyres through their paces!
His winter tyres test never really got off the ground until this weekend due to the mildest winter we have experienced in the last couple of years.
But in Part Four of his test, he really got to grips with issue…..
This is a taster of what he had to say: “With this being my first time driving on snow with winter tyres in the UK I spent a few minutes discovering just what I could and couldn’t do. I slammed on the brakes, accelerated as hard as I could and swerved from side to side. And when an uphill presented itself I stopped and set off again. While it would be overstating matters to say it was like driving on Tarmac, the tyres did always keep me pointing in the right direction, I was able to stop relatively smartly with the ABS pulsing under my right foot, and, so long as I kept the revs down, there was ample traction, particularly if I aimed for fresh snow, rather than icy tyre tracks, to drive on.
“With the snow a couple of inches deep in places, being sensible was still the name of the game, but at no point did I think I might not make it home. Which is more than can be said for the other cars I passed that night, which were invariably sitting on the back of a tow truck or crawling along at a snail’s pace. At a steady 35mph my 1.2-litre supermini passed them as if they were standing still.”
And at the end of his snow-covered road test – after over-taking a struggling Mercedes M-Class 4×4 no less – he concluded: “It also proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you don’t need four-wheel-drive when it snows.”
To read the full article go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9064527/Winter-tyre-test-part-four.html
Denna Bowman, Head Office