Two cars will go head-to-head at the Odyssey ice rink in Belfast today to test the effectiveness of winter tyres and the importance of grip.
The dramatic demonstration will kick off the Annual Tyre Safety Week for the Northern Ireland region of the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA).
Two experienced motorsports drivers will drive cars – identical apart from the tyres – on the slippery surface.
One test will see the first car fitted with premium summer tyres, while the second will be shod with winter tyres for greater grip and control. In another demonstration, both cars will have the same brand of summer tyres fitted, but the tread depths will be very different; one high, one low.
Richard Edy, NTDA Director, said: “It may seem strange to be thinking about winter tyres in August, but in a few months, temperatures will be falling and that’s when winter tyres come into their own – they are not just for snowy conditions but provide extra grip when the temperature is below 7ºC.
“The prudent motorist will make sure his car is prepared for the bad weather before it arrives.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office