By Denna Bowman
Frequent road using businesses are being urged to fit winter tyres to their vehicles to reduce the chance of an accident and improve their insurance premium.
Motor insurance brokers eQuoteDirect warns that road-dependant businesses with multiple vehicles are particularly vulnerable but can take certain precautions to avoid winter accidents which could end up inflating their renewal quotes.
eQuoteDirect say winter tyres can significantly reduce icy stopping distances and are the first line of defence for winter roadsters.
The company stresses that when temperatures drop below 8 degrees C, the silicon compounds in standard tyres are affected and their flexibility and resilience can be reduced. Stopping distances in snow and ice are at least 10 times greater than on dry roads.
A spokesperson for the firm said: “We can’t stress enough about the dangers of driving in winter.
“The gritting trucks only cover the major roads and it’s those icy side streets where motorists are at risk.
“If everybody can get used to preparing their vehicles for winter we should see a drop in accident figures and insurance premiums nationwide.”
Winter proofing windscreens is also recommended by the brokers. Window washer needs to have anti-freeze components inside in order to function properly. eQuoteDirect are encouraging drivers to also check if their headlights and wing mirrors have frosted over.
After all the precautionary measures have been taken, workers still need to be extra careful when driving in wintry conditions.