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Published on January 9th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie

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How To Avoid Crashing Your Car In Snow And Ice

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Every year winter weather is one of the biggest factors in cars crashing and people being injured, or worse still killed.

So what can motorists do to increase their odds of avoiding collisions and losing control of their vehicles?

  • Go on a safety course?
  • Learn some simple driving tips?
  • Regular car maintenance?

No, the answer lies in what is covering your wheels.

The Best Way To Prevent Weather Accidents: Winter Tyres

Both Europe and America has experienced one of the worst winters on record.

In Ireland, a place in which snow is as exotic as rain in a desert, temperatures sunk as low as -18 degrees Celsius only one degree away from breaking the lowest recorded temperature.

During these times safety on roads is of paramount importance and the need to have the best tyres at your disposal can be critical.

Here is a great video by tirerack.com showing the importance of having winter tyres in the most extreme of conditions – ice.

Myths Surrounding Winter Tyres

Once the temperature reaches 7 degrees Celsius (44 degrees Fahrenheit) winter tyres should be placed on cars and other road transportation.

Some people maintain that winter tyres are only good for snowy/icy conditions. This is not true, they are superior to all-season and summer tyres once the temperature reaches 7 degrees or lower in all conditions: dry; wet and snow/ice.

It is a fallacy to suggest that countries such as Ireland do not need winter tyres as for a minimum of five to six months of the year temperatures are ideally suited for the winter variety.

Winter Tyres

The Fiction Of Extra Expense

Many people cite expense as one of the main reasons why they don’t use winter tyres but this doesn’t add up. The initial cost is soon recouped as summer tyres are not been used during the cold seasons and last longer as a result.

Should You Use Winter Tyres?

If your winters dip below 7 degrees Celsius (44 degrees Fahrenheit) you should have winter tyres on your wheels. It could mean the difference between having and accident and comfortably avoiding one, or worse still between life and death.

Public transportation often grinds to a halt in winter weather and services can be badly curtailed.

Perhaps if buses, taxis, ambulances and trucks used winter tyres, unnecessary delays could be avoided.

In Germany, if you have an accident in winter and you are not using winter tyres and the other driver is, it is your fault regardless of the circumstances.

Are they correct? What do you think?


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