10th December 2015
Are Winter Tyres Worth the Investment?
Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you’re driving in terrible winter conditions? Picture this, it’s early in the morning where the road is icy and snow is falling from the sky. You come to a junction and apply the brakes and instead of coming to a gentle stop, your brakes lock and you skid dangerously close to the junction in front of you only to come to halt just in time.
Perhaps you’ve been confronted by an icy hill only to find that the grip on your tyres isn’t enough and you hopelessly end up stuck with no other alternative than to go back down with your tail between your legs. Let’s be honest, either one of these scenarios are ones that we have all faced at some point in the treacherous wintry season that befalls us every year.
Drivers across Britain could soon be experiencing this terrifying feeling again as they go to hit the brake only to find themselves sliding out of control to a perilous fate. Instead, why not put the control back in your hands, or more still, on your tyres by investing in a set of winter tyres from your local garage, Vasstech.
“In many areas across Europe, including Germany, it is a legal requirement to own two sets of tyres; one specialist set for winter and the other for the rest of the year. Winter tyres use a tread rubber compound (high silica content and tread pattern specifically designed to retain flexibility in low temperature (below +7C) and give good braking/traction performance on snow and ice as well as on wet roads in cold conditions.” (the AA)
But despite these facts, it is estimated that only 3% of car owners in Britain have winter tyres fitted so the chances are that if you’re reading this now, you do not have a set of winter tyres on your car but after reading this perhaps you should be interested in the benefits of fitting them.
Should we follow suit like our brothers across Europe and make winter tyres a legal requirement? According to the Met Office, the mean average winter temperature for the months December, January and February 2014 was 3.9C. On this basis there would be a reason for winter tyres to be a legal requirement in the UK, but in any case, it’s something to consider this winter. After all, 48% of all winter car accidents are as a result of skidding.