Winter Driving Advice

The UK has recently experienced the wettest November on record and snow is predicted in the coming few days. Driving in these conditions places even more emphasis on a vehicle's tyres and Protyre offer the following advice to help keep control in difficult driving conditions.

  • Driving in slippery conditions requires skillful and delicate use of the vehicle controls, steering, brakes and accelerator.
  • In these conditions accelerate and brake very gently.
  • Use the vehicle's gears to help reduce speed smoothly.
  • Drive in as high a gear as possible to avoid unnecessary wheelspin.
  • If a vehicle is stuck in snow or ice, do not excessively spin the wheels as this can result in damage to the tyres or even cause a tyre to burst.
  • If the car gets into a slide keep off the brake, clutch and the accelerator until the vehicle is back under control.
  • Always keep well clear of other vehicles and try to anticipate what is happening.
  • Do undertake regular tyre checks for pressures, tread depth and general condition

One myth that Protyre experts are keen to dispel is that you should reduce tyre pressure for driving in snow. This can be dangerous. For best traction in these conditions, all tyre pressures should be maintained at the manufacturer's recommended pressures, details of which can be found in the vehicle's handbook. And finally, always listen to the weather forecast and traffic reports and do not travel if the police or motoring organisations advice against it. All Protyre outlets will provide a free tyre safety check.

Most of the 38 Protyre outlets will be open for business over the Christmas/New Year period but closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

16 December 2009 Staff
 
 

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