More than half of UK motorists feel less safe driving in the winter, yet nearly a fifth fail to make any preparation to their car to cope with the adverse conditions, according to new research commissioned by TyreSafe.
The research found that the biggest worry for drivers is that they feel more likely to have an accident in the winter as the roads feel more slippery. TyreSafe points out that by switching to winter weather tyres specifically designed to cope with cold, damp conditions, drivers can benefit from better grip and reduced stopping distances.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, says: "Winter weather tyres offer considerable safety improvements when driving conditions are cold or damp.
"There is a misconception that they only offer better performance in snow and ice, but this is a very outdated view. Technology has advanced significantly and modern winter weather tyres provide much better safety in a range of conditions over a substantial part of the year."
Winter weather tyres are notably better when temperatures fall below seven degrees Celsius. In these conditions standard tyres begin to harden and lose their ability to grip the road surface properly.
Tests conducted by the British Tyre Manufacturers Association found that a car braking at 60mph on a wet road at five degrees Celsius stopped five metres shorter, equivalent to more than one car length, when fitted with winter weather tyres.
Despite the significant benefits provided by these tyres, only 3% of respondents in TyreSafe’s survey said they fitted them.
Click here to read the full TyreSafe report.