Friday December 24th, 2010 14:26 Snow tyres – Why they are a must

Come winter time roads throughout the world are going to be covered in snow. Many cities and states pay for their roads to be ploughed. However, the amount it would cost to plough the entire state and all of its roads are not only impractical, it’s also very expensive. Paying for the entire state to have snow cleared of its’ roads would be quite the task indeed. This means that you, as the consumer, need to take an active role in protecting you, your car and your passengers during rough weather conditions.

The best, easiest and most inexpensive way to do this is with snow tyres. Snow tyres are able to grip slush, black ice and snow better than regular tires. There are tyres that are known as all-weather tyres. While these tyres are going to be better than the average tyre when it comes to driving in the snow, they simple cannot compete with a real snow tyre when it comes to the grip they can provide.

Often people will think themselves safe just because they drive a bit slower when there is snow on the road. This is a dangerous thought process. There’s an issue that comes with snow and freezing temperatures and that is known as black ice. Black ice is basically when the road freezes over and it’s not visible to the naked eye. The ice looks just like the road beneath it because the ice is clear and you, as a driver on the road, just see the asphalt. Black ice is the most dangerous aspect of driving in the winter. Plus, black ice can hide behind snow. Without snow tyres you may just end up finding yourself in real danger!

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Wednesday December 15th, 2010 14:11 A Sneak Preview of the 2011 Vauxhall Corsa

New Vauxhall Corsa 2011

Vauxhall, the British car manufacturer, has unveiled the 2011 version of the Corsa to the motoring public. The new Vauxhall Corsa is an all around improvement over what has been the best selling model in the car line-up. Now the Corsa provides a fresh style and improved performance.
The outside appearance of the Corsa has been updated with a new front grill and chrome accents that copy the looks of the other recently released and updated Vauxhall models. The Vauxhall Corsa 2011 models are available as either five door hatchbacks or a three door coupes. To complement the front of the vehicle there are fog lamps and eagle eye lamp with chrome surrounds and accents. The new fascia provides ties to the top of the line Astra models.
The new Vauxhall Corsa has a full range of engine options to provide adequate power and torque to this little car. Available engines will include three petrol options ranging from a 1 litre three cylinder power-plants up to a 1.4 litre sour banger that will produce 100 horsepower and will provide gas mileage rated above fifty miles per gallon. There are also two diesel burning units available. Diesel technology now includes the start/stop motors that will shut down the engine when the car is not moving and restart it when the drives releases the brake and presses the accelerator.
Interior options now include full blue tooth connectivity and General Motors advanced cabin designs with the Touch and Control multi-media options and navigation systems. New seats offer better lateral support and bolsters to hold a driver in place while driving. The Vauxhall Corsa 2011 line-up is an evolution of the species that has proven to be a winning combination for many years.

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Tuesday December 14th, 2010 18:15 EU making Winter Tyres Mandatory

Winter tyres are a great way to improve the stability in one’s car in the snow. Most cars on the road today are purely front wheel drive cars. Some cars are built to have either 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive. These types of cars are great for driving in the snow because all 4 tired have the potential to spin. This makes it so it becomes quite a bit more difficult to lose traction in snowy conditions. However, due to EU legislation, even these types of cars may be required to have winter tyres on them during specific months.

For example, winter tyres are now mandatory in Austria from November 1st to April 15. If one is caught driving in Austria in these months without snow tyres they could be fined up to 5,000 Euros. In France the tyres are not necessary on most roads; however, many mountain roads do require you to have chains on your wheels. There are many different European countries and all of them have different legislation. If you’re planning on making any type of trip across Europe make sure you check what the local laws are. Having snow tyres on your car can mean the difference between life and death for you, your passengers and the people on the road with you. Also, some all weather tyres are acceptable so there really is no excuse for not being safe on the road.

The EU legislation is moving towards requiring snow tyres in almost every European country. They are safe and very affordable. So, the real question is, why does the government have to require you to drive with snow tyres? You should already be driving on a pair of snow tyres!

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Tuesday December 7th, 2010 11:48 Winter-proofing your Car: Tips to Avoid Winter Driving Woes

The subject of winter driving has been a hot topic in the UK in recent weeks. Hazardous winter weather has left many roads resembling ice rinks rather than driving roads and there has been a huge increase in both the number of accidents and the number of breakdown callouts.

The general advice to combat this problem seems to be to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. This may sound like a simple solution but for many people, driving is necessary.

This has meant that huge numbers of people are still taking to the roads, despite the fact that the risks of either being involved in some sort of collision or breaking down are much greater than they would be in better weather conditions.

With this in mind, it is important to consider how you can make driving your car in poor driving conditions a much safer proposition. Moneysupermarket have put together the infographic below which outlines how you can ‘winter-proof’ your car.

Winter Car Tips

Moneysupermarket's Winter Safety tips

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Friday December 3rd, 2010 17:10 Dunlop Goodyear Reveal UK drivers’ Lack of Winter Tyres Knowlege

Dunlop Goodyear recently surveyed 3,500 drivers across from the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Poland, inquiring into their knowledge about motor vehicle safety, and the findings were surprising. The good news is that fully 82% of those surveyed knew that having tyres in good condition was “very important” for safe driving; but there is a host of factors, like tyre grip and stopping distance, about which respondents had little to no knowledge. Unfortunately, the survey also demonstrated that drivers know little about which type of tyre they should use.

Few people would question that drivers should use winter tyres under snow conditions , but when pressed on the matter, many respondents were either unknowledgeable or insouciant. One in three claimed to change their tyres every year, but more striking is that even among those who know the importance of the type of tyre they should use, one in five admit that weather makes no difference in whether they use snow tyres or not.

UK drivers were not informed about the role of snow tyres in safety. 70% could not distinguish the different types of tyres when quizzed. Additionally, 62% of UK drivers had no idea which type of tyres were currently on their cars. Of all respondents, only 39% were likely to investigate the importance of tyre choice in adverse weather conditions.

Some countries force you to become informed about when to use winter tyres. For example, German law mandates their use when conditions dictate. France and Italy do not, but certain mountainous regions will require them.

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