If motorists invested in a set of winter tyres, would it help to prevent accidents on icy UK roads?

Drivers on the continent often change to winter tyres when temperatures plummet and in some countries it is actually a legal requirement to own 2 sets of tyres, 1 for winter use and 1 set for summer. With the recurring severe winter weather experienced in the UK, is it a worthwhile investment for British motorists to buy a set of winter tyres costing around £500? 

Severe weather in recent winters has led to calls for more widespread use of winter tyres in the hope that they will cut down the number of road accidents caused by snow and ice. Motoring organisation the AA, points out on its website that winter tyres would be particularly useful for people living in remote areas, where roads are left untreated for long periods of time.

In urban areas, however, where access to public transport is easier, many people leave their car at home in icy conditions, making the cost of winter tyres prohibitive and largely unnecessary.

Accident Advice Helpline, who deal with thousands of RTA compensation claim cases every year, suggest that the widespread use of winter tyres would help to reduce the number of accidents on the roads in winter.

A spokesperson from the company said,

“Winter tyres would probably only be used for a couple of months a year so it’s understandable that motorists don’t want to pay out a lot of money for them. However, the extra traction provided by specialist tyres would give drivers better control and help to cut down the number of road collisions.”

The AA suggest that ‘all season tyres’ that combine the benefits of both types of tyre would be a good compromise, as they are designed specifically for moderate climates such as ours.

Accident Advice Helpline deals with RTA compensation claim cases on a no win, no fee* basis. They offer personal injury claim advice to anyone thinking of making a non-fault accident claim against a third party and can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.

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