Certain parts of the country are beginning to feel the cold and are even being hit with surprise Snow storms.
Believe me, I know! Last night, on my commute home from work, traffic came to a standstill and I had to exit the bus and walk an hour and a half to get home!
So, I thought it was a good time to recap some essential tips to ensure safety and performance when you are out on the roads this Winter.
Winter Driving, let’s face it, for some it can be a nerve racking experience – particularly when the weather is against you.
Snow and ice lessens the amount of grip you have, which equates to longer stopping distances and greater risk of accidents.
With less predictable weather, one solution is fitting purpose-built winter or all season Tyres.
These type of tyres provide you with a greater level of safety and increased performance when you are driving in winter conditions.
Performs best during the winter months
Remains flexible in freezing weather, conforming to the road
Smaller shoulder grooves to improve snow and ice traction
All Season Tyres
Good performance delivered throughout the year
Moderate natural rubber content to stop the tyre hardening below 7°C
Engineered to help deliver a longer tread life
Thanks to their construction, unique tread patterns and the use of silica in the compound.
Silica in the compound helps the tyres to remain soft and supple at colder temperatures and the tread designs add grip on ice and snow.
Due to the fact that road conditions can be subject to quick and dramatic changes, it is essential that motorists drive to the conditions.
Making sure you keep your speed down, and when braking is required gently apply the brakes and shift down gears earlier than you would in clear conditions.
When talking corners in snow and ice covered roads, try to segment the turn into smaller steps – brake first, before making the turn and then accelerate slowly after you straighten the car back up. This ensures that the as much traction as is available is used when turning.
Remember, if you are not sure that it is safe to drive in bad conditions then don’t drive.
If the weather looks too treacherous, stay at home.
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