Cold weather tyres improve grip and braking distances in cold and wet conditions, not just to ice and snow, increasing personal safety for you and your family.
When braking on icy roads from 20 mpg to rest, the stopping distance is increased by 11 metres if you are using summer tyres!
As well as helping straight-line braking, cold weather tyres have significantly more grip due to their unique tread compound, which also improves steering and acceleration.
The extra grip is due to their tread pattern, which have more thread blocks than a standard summer tyre. The extra grip also helps return better fuel economy and leads to less tyre wear.
Summer tyre wear increases as temperatures decrease. In fact, at 10°C a summer tyre can have a 5% higher wear rate than a cold weather tyre. At colder temperatures, the wear rate can be up to 20% higher.
According to the Department of Transport 78% of road traffic accidents in the UK are caused by skidding. Of these, 67 per cent happen in wet or wintery conditions that are ideally suited to cold weather tyres.
Percentage of total UK vehicle accidents caused by skidding:
Source: Department of Transport 2003 (Tyres and accessories 8/2004)
Cold weather tyres could prevent you from becoming one of the millions of motorists who have accidents because of bad driving conditions.
When you consider this along with the cost of an accident from insurance excess to recovery costs, it is worth investing in a set of cold weather tyres.