Winter typically brings about a rise in car accidents, especially amid the kind of snowy weather being forecast for the days ahead.
That’s why a leading tyre retailer is recommending that motorists plan for the bad weather and consider swapping to winter or cold weather tyres.
Micheldever/Protyre is offering a 10-point plan to help keep control in difficult driving conditions such as wet, ice and snow.
Good tyres can prevent road accidents
- Driving in slippery conditions needs skilful and delicate use of the vehicle controls, steering, brakes and accelerator
- In such conditions, accelerate and brake very gently
- Use the gears to help reduce speed smoothly
- Drive in as high a gear as possible to avoid wheelspin
- If a vehicle is stuck in snow or ice, do not excessively spin the wheels. This can harm the tyres or even cause one to burst
- If the car gets into a slide, keep off the brake, clutch and the accelerator until it is back under control
- Ensure additional space between you and other vehicles and try to anticipate what is happening
- Keep well clear of other vehicles
- Undertake frequent tyre checks for pressures, tread depth and overall condition
- Consider fitting cold weather/winter tyres. They offer better grip and reduced stopping distances compared with summer tyres when the temperature drops below 7oC. With forecasters predicting a possible cold snap, buying a set of winter or cold weather tyres could prove a valuable investment
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help when road traffic accidents occur this winter.
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Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown