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During the past couple of years, we have witnessed a change in the way that roads are gritted following a heavy snowfall. Often it takes far longer for gritting vehicles to actually get out on the road and start laying grit, or the gritting vehicles are simply not visiting as many roads as they used to, which can lead to people being left stranded in their homes for days.
Recent media reports have revealed that councils in England are planning to further slash their spending on winter road surfaces such as gritting which means that motorists are going to be forced to look at alternative methods in which to stay safe on the roads this winter.
With reports stating that many councils are set to cut their budgets for services such as salting, gritting and snowploughing by as much as 30 per cent in comparison to last year, one of the ways to ensure that you maintain permanent access to the roads, whatever the weather, is to invest in winter tyres.
The overall safety benefits of fitting cold weather tyres are seriously worth considering and Michelin is urging drivers to think about whether they can afford to be stranded in their cars or at home due to bad road conditions during the winter months.
Applying winter tyres to your vehicle means you’ll have peace of mind when it comes to getting to your destination safely. The tyres also offer better performance on the road below seven degrees centigrade thanks to special rubber compounds used in the tyres which enable the tread to stay soft and flexible, as opposed to normal tyres which can start to harden and lose grip in colder weather. As a result, winter tyres help to reduce braking distances and traction on dry, wet, snowy and icy roads.
Jianni Geras, Michelin’s head of car marketing said: ‘Bearing in mind how many cars are on the roads, especially over the Christmas holiday period, we hope drivers get the message about the improvements in safety that are available by fitting cold weather tyres.
‘With people visiting relatives and heading off on winter breaks and ski holidays it makes sense to do everything in your power to ensure you get to your destination safely and not to take any chances with missing flights or ferries.’