Safety is the essential choice for tyres this winter

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With changeable wintery weather and fluctuating temperatures across the country prompting motorists to consider their choice of tyre, TyreSafe is reminding drivers that the first and most important element to ensure tyre safety is to carry out regular checks.

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According to the UK’s leading tyre safety group, while various tyre types are available, all of them will need to be in good condition and at the right pressure to perform at their best throughout the colder months.

Summer tyres are the type most commonly fitted and designed for the road conditions experienced in the normal UK climate. Winter tyres are manufactured with a rubber compound and tread pattern specifically designed to perform when temperatures drop to 7°C and below, and are particularly competent in snowy and icy conditions as they have higher levels of grip in these conditions. Like winter tyres, all season tyres are manufactured with a slightly different rubber compound designed to combine the benefits of summer and winter tyres.

All season tyres are gaining in popularity largely as a result of new developments in technology as they provide an all-year alternative for use in climates that suffer less severe winter conditions.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, warned: “The particular circumstances of the driver will dictate which tyre is best suited to their needs and some will opt for the reassurance of winter tyres.

“Of course, many motorists are not in a position to buy a set of tyres specifically for winter. They should at least regularly check that all their tyres are in good condition with adequate tread depth, are at the right pressure, and drive with extra caution throughout the toughest season of the year.”

TyreSafe recommends drivers check their tyres at least once a month and before long journeys. A tyre’s tread depth should be at least above 1.6mm – the legal limit – as it determines how quickly a vehicle can brake, change direction and clear water from the road surface to avoid aquaplaning, although motoring and safety groups recommend replacing them when they wear below 3mm during the winter months.

It is also vital to keep an eye on the condition of the tyres, so that cuts, bulges or objects such as stones or nails which become embedded in the rubber, can be checked and repaired as soon as possible and before they can lead to an accident.

Finally, drivers should use an accurate gauge to confirm their vehicle’s tyres are at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, because this will improve grip, handling and braking performance.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres, including all season tyres and winter tyres, at low prices and customers who purchase a full set of four benefit from an extra £25 off their bill thanks to the etyres Discount Promise.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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