Driving on snow and ice can be dangerous for motorists, but your car tyres can be life-savers if you follow some simple guidelines.
The first thing to be aware of is that if your tyres suddenly become quiet, the chances are you are driving on ice, so take greater care and cut your speed.
Also check your tyres’ tread depth. The legal requirement is 1.6mm, but safety experts recommend at least 3mm will provide better grip in snowy conditions.
Make sure the tyres are at the correct preessure, as found in your vehicle handbook, again to give optimum grip.
Check for any damage or foreign objects stuck in the tyres, because they could lead to blow outs or slow punctures.
Finally, motorists are advised to carry a piece of old carpet, a mat or cat litter in their car, which they can use to give their tyres some traction if they get stuck in the snow.
Denna Bowman, Head Office