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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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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