Driving in winter conditions is something everyone must prepare for and it is not only about having the right tyres; the driver’s behaviour is also essential in these conditions because you need to understand and adapt to different winter hazards. It is therefore crucial to not only prepare our vehicle, but also get to grips with your driving techniques as the weather turns colder, by following this advice from Bridgestone tyres:
• Check your grip – road conditions can change quickly and drastically, so it is important to regularly test how much traction you can count on in case you have to brake or swerve suddenly. Gently apply the brake every now and again and slow down, if needed, in response to changing road conditions.
• Turn in stages – when cornering on snow or icy surfaces, break down the manoeuvre into smaller steps. Brake first, in a straight line, before making the turn. And accelerate gradually after straightening back up. That way, you use all the available grip to make the turn.
• Forget the cruise control – in wet or icy conditions, you constantly need to adapt your speed to the conditions. Switch off the cruise control and maintain manual control of acceleration and deceleration at all times.
• If in doubt, don’t drive – if the weather looks too treacherous, leave the car at home. Nothing should be more important than your safety and that of your loved ones.
For the ultimate peace of mind, Bridgestone recommend drivers switch to winter tyres. Extensive tests have proved that the braking distance of summer tyres can be almost three times longer than that of winter tyres on snow. But even in less extreme conditions, winter tyres offer greatly enhanced response, precision and control than their summer counterparts.
etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres – including winter tyres – to suit all budgets. Its highly competitive prices are always low thanks to its Discount Promise, which means customers get £25 off it they order four new tyres and £10 off if they buy two or three new tyres.
Denna Bowman, Head Office