With thousands of holiday makers getting ready to drive abroad for a New Year skiing trip it’s worth a reminder that you can significantly reduce the risk of a motoring accident by making sure your tyres are safe to tackle sub-zero weather conditions.
You risk an abrupt end to your trip if driving heavily laden cars with incorrect tyres pressures or low tread depth on icy, snow-covered roads.
Driving in snowy mountainous regions requires a good level of tread depth to maintain traction with the road and allow you to stay in control of the vehicle.
Also, in certain European countries it is a legal requirement to fit cold weather tyres. For instance, as of 4 December 2010 drivers of cars and motorbikes are required to have their cars fitted with winter tyres when driving in slushy, snowy or icy conditions in Germany.
Failure to do so can incur a fine of 40 Euro and one point on your licence. This will increase to 80 Euro and one point if you cause an obstruction.
Additionally your insurance may not cover any damage caused in an accident.
So make sure you check legislation for the country you are heading to – or driving through – in order to avoid costly penalties or invalidating your insurance.