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What Affects my Stopping Distance?

What Affects my Stopping Distance?

Here we have listed some of the top factors that can affect your stopping distance and how you can prevent them from causing a serious accident in the future.


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Winter Tyres- Why do I need them?

Have you ever thought about fitting winter tyres to your vehicle? Are you unsure about spending the money in case the conditions are fine? Fitting winter tyres, even if it doesn’t snow, can help to ensure your car is kept safe in colder temperatures.

Winter tyres are designed to keep drivers and vehicles safe when the temperatures are 7 degrees or lower. Standard tyres are useless in these weather conditions as the compound used within them hardens when the temperatures decrease to this level, and thus causing them to lose grip. Winter tyres avoid this completely as they are made of a more natural rubber and an advanced silica. These tyres also contain small slits in the treat blocks, which are there to give extra grip that is needed in frosty and icy conditions. Multiple countries have made fitting specialist winter tyres in the colder months a legal requirement, and in the United Kingdom alone there are more than 6000 accidents on the road due to winter conditions.

Winter tyres have better grip and performance levels in all cold weather conditions, including snow, ice, mud and rain. When the ground is covered in snow and ice especially, winter tyres are a great way of ensuring your stopping distances are shortened. A car travelling at 20mph and has been fitted with specialist winter tyres is going to have a stopping distance of around 11 metres sooner than a car that is fitted with standard, all year round tyres.  Driving a car fitted with winter tyres is a great way of obtaining more control of your vehicle due to the tyres improving the stability and steering of your car. This is a great way to ensure your car isn’t prone to skidding due to ice or frost on the roads.

Though winter tyres are a great idea for everyone, if you live in an area that is away from main roads and tends to be less busy, winter tyres will work to your favour. It is advised that you buy winter tyres wherever you reside, and purchase them well before the cold weather hits in order to ensure you’re ready for the seasonal changes. Winter tyres can be fitted to your vehicle as early as mid-autumn right through to spring.

As winter tyres are not a legal requirement within Britain, it’s important that if you don’t want to make the change to winter tyres, you carry out some current tyre checks. Your tyres need to be in a good condition to get you through the winter as safely as possible, so ensure they have a legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, though at least 3mm is better advised. Ensure that none of your tyres have any signs of damage to the tread or sidewalls, as impairment here could result in tyre failure. If you think you’ve found some issues with your current tyres, take them to a professional to get a better look.

If you’re interested in getting more information about fitting winter tyres to your vehicle, or how to get your car ready for the colder months in general, get in touch with a member of the Express Services team by visiting our contact page or giving us a call on 01603 425055 .

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Published: 16/12/2016

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