With the UK braced for more snow and grit supplies running dangerously low, it is vital that motorists make sure their tyres are in optimum condition to give the best grip.
Even if your tyres are just above the legal tread depth of 1.6mm, safety experts advise having at least 2mm and you are guaranteed even more grip if you have 3mm.
Also, under or over-inflated tyres could let you down on the treacherous roads. They must be inflated to the level recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Agencies responsible for the supply and distribution of grit are due to hold another salt summit as forecasters warn of more snow on the way. Skip related content
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Drivers continue to face hazardous conditions on the roads as authorities cut back on gritting as supplies run critically low.
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said the Highways Agency and local authorities agreed to reduce salt use on roads by “at least 25 per cent” with further measures to conserve salt likely to be introduced later this week.
But shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said the Government had failed to learn the lessons of the last spell of heavy snow in February 2009.
And the wintry weather looks set to continue for the next few days before a slight thaw sets in as the mercury begins to rise later in the week.
On Monday, snow and ice continued to cause problems on the trains, with many rail firms operating revised timetables and Eurostar running a restricted service. Britain’s airports were open but passengers were warned to check with their airline before leaving home.
Teenagers across England managed to sit crucial A-level and GCSE exams as many schools reopened their gates despite facing icy conditions.