By Oliver Hall
Winter made a sudden return to Europe last week bringing plenty of snow to make the slopes perfect for spring skiing.
But British skiers have been urged to check the condition of their car tyres if they are planning to drive to the resorts to make sure they arrive safely.
Safe tyres can significantly reduce the risk of a car accident, because they will be able to tackle sub-zero weather conditions and cope with icy, snow-covered roads, according to tyres watchdog TyreSafe.
Heavily laden cars require a good level of tread depth and correct tyre pressure in order to maintain traction and deal with the perils of driving in snowy mountain regions.
A common mistake made by vehicle owners travelling abroad is not checking tyre pressure when the car is loaded up with luggage. This can dramatically affect the result of the air pressure test.
TyreSafe warns: “Many motorists neglect to adjust their tyre pressures to take account of heavy skiing equipment and extra passengers, which can lead to a build-up of heat inside the tyre as it strains to perform under the additional weight. This could eventually result in a blowout, putting themselves, passengers and other road users at risk.”
The tyre safety group also urges holidaymakers driving abroad to check legal requirements for tyres in their destination country – and those they are passing through – in order to avoid costly penalties or invalidating their insurance.