The rain is lashing down and the temperatures are plummeting so now is the time to consider whether you want to fit cold weather tyres to your car.
TyreSafe historically advocates fitting cold weather tyres in order to improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents on the road.
The tyre safety organisation has long voiced concerns that despite the change in road conditions at the onset of winter, many drivers continue to drive on standard tyres.
Slippery roads accounted for 55 percent of road traffic accidents in which road environment was a contributory factor in 2007, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures.
In November 2007, the DfT recorded a spike in personal injury accidents as drivers were caught out by the drop in temperature and increased rainfall, with 16,559 accidents recorded, nearly 700 more accidents than at any other time in the year.
However, TyreSafe claims that fiitting cold weather tyres can provide significant safety benefits for motorists.
Cold weather tyres are specifically engineered to offer improved vehicle performance and reduce stopping distances in cold, wet conditions.
They contain a higher quantity of natural rubber compound, which stops them from hardening as much in the cold. Instead of hardening up in low temperatures and riding over the road surface, the tread on cold weather tyres keys into the road surface, allowing them to grip the road better.
Braking tests conducted by a leading tyre manufacturer and TyreSafe member revealed that at 5°C a vehicle fitted with cold weather tyres travelling at 62 mph stopped a full five metres earlier than the same vehicle with standard tyres.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team