By Denna Bowman
Two MPs have called for more vehicles in the UK to be fitted with winter tyres to help them to deal with the hazardous road conditions.
Labour politicians Gisela Stuart and Jack Dromley claim that winter tyres will help prevent accidents, reduce car insurance payouts and provide a boost to tyre manufacturing businesses in the Midlands.
Their call to action comes as the bitter winter conditions continue to cause havoc on icy roads throughout the country.
Ms Stuart, MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston, singled out winter tyres produced by Goodyear, which have been successfully tested with excellent results in braking and in wet conditions. The tyres give drivers an extra six car lengths while braking, she said.
She told MPs during a Commons debate: “There is real evidence they are safer and they are better.
“They are manufactured with a larger percentage of natural rubber and silicone in the compound… and they have a tread pattern designed to cope with slush and cold rain as well as snow and ice.”
She added: “They are also safer than any standard tyre in cold, dry conditions below seven degrees centigrade because the tread compounds heat at lower rolling temperatures to create grip.”