By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being urged to consider fitting winter tyres to improve the braking, accelerating and steering performance of their cars during the colder months.
A select group of media were invited to put a range of cold weather tyres to the test by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Tyres can have a major effect on a car’s performance, improving its safety and keeping it moving in winter conditions.
“Winter tyres provide greater grip and handling, reducing braking distances in cold, wet conditions as well as on snow and ice. With temperatures starting to drop and the wetter seasons approaching, motorists should make sure they have the best tyres for the road and climate conditions.”
For five months of the year UK temperatures average less than 7°C, a critical temperature below which winter tyres outperform regular tyres.
Made of specially formulated compounds that harden less as temperatures fall, and covered in hundreds of grip-inducing ‘sipes’, winter tyres give better performance in cold, wet weather, as well as in snowy and icy conditions.
The SMMT invited a select group of media to put a range of cold weather tyres to the test. Journalists tested standard and winter tyres on a variety of vehicle models and on special low-friction surfaces.
To see how they got on motorists are invited to go to http://www.smmt.co.uk/2011/10/winter-tyres-%E2%80%93-they%E2%80%99re-not-just-for-winter/ and watch the video to find out what they had to say after experiencing the two types of tyre back-to-back.