Just before Christmas I was involved in a car accident. A man basically pulled out of a junction and went straight into the side of my lovely car. Although there was no cuts and bruises I’ve been suffering with my neck and back since. The accident happened on a dry day, but it’s really got me thinking about what would have happened if it had a snowy, icy day.
When we visited Finland a year ago, everyone had snow tyres on their cars, and they just drove. It was like there was no snow on the ground, driving at normal speed. My Hubby then pointed out that the Finnish are very well equipped for the winter months. They have winter tyres put onto their cars, amazing really.
Last winter we saw a lot of snow and ice, throughout most of February and March. My Son’s school was closed for 3 or 4 days, the first time in almost 100 years the village school closed. It’s made me think more about the performance of my car during the winter months.
I have read that you should have winter tyres fitted to your car during the winter months, October to late March seem to be the recommended months. During the winter months it much colder with snow and ice on the roads. Winter tyres are designed for temperatures below 7°C with improved stopping distances. Winter tyres are not just for use in the snow and ice, which is what a lot of people believe.
What makes winter tyres different?
Winter tyres are make from different materials to the summer tyres, winter tyres have more natural rubber in their make up. This is because natural rubber is less affected by the winter temperatures. The tyre tread is also different with more groves, which means it helps to stick to the snow improving the grip you have on the road. Winter tyres also have more little channels all over therefore increasing the amount of edges that help to lock you to the icy roads, meaning you can brake and accelerate more easily. Clever really!
Why get winter tyres?
Well winter tyres are clearly safer than the summer tyres during the colder months. But they also help to improve your braking distance on icy, wet and snowy roads. So they help to improve your traction, which is just what I need during the winter months. I hate driving in the bad weather.
Cold weather driving
Make sure that you are winter ready when out driving. Start with your winter tyres which are available at Jet Wheel Tyres in Essex, ensure you can see clearly, by clearing all the snow and ice from your windscreen and windows before you set off. I also make sure I clear the snow from the lights and the cars roof.
Allow some extra time to get to your destination, so drive more slowly. Don’t forget the the stopping distance takes longer on wet, icy roads so make sure you go carefully and leave a good distance between you are the car ahead of you.
One thing my Hubby ensures that both of our cars are packed with extra blankets, de-icer, ice scrapers, the warning triangle. He will also make sure we have extra water, a spade and food if we are heading a long way from home.
Not forgetting, do not drive if it is severe weather conditions! Stay safe this winter while on the roads.
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