Winter tyre warning for motorists

A motoring expert has warned motorists that they should be careful while driving during the winter, even if they use special seasonal tyres.

David Williams MBE, chief executive of Guild of Experienced Motorists (GEM), is advising drivers that the capabilities of winter tyres should not be over-estimated.

Despite using winter tyres, drivers should exercise caution when the weather gets colder and roads are covered with snow and ice.

Mr Williams said: "Winter tyres will significantly reduce stopping distances and offer more feedback to the driver's fingers. However, when slush, ice and snow are on the roads, motorists must remain as cautious as ever."

The chief executive also said that buying two sets of tyres and swapping them when needed will enable both sets to last longer.

By being cautious while driving and focusing on safety, motorists can avoid paying a highercar insurance premium.

According to Mr Williams, finding a safe storage place for tyres is also an important factor to be considered.

He said: "The most important issue for us is making sure motorists, whatever tyres they have fitted, take extra care when driving in wintry conditions."

"Leaving much more space between the car in front allowing more time to brake, and driving at speeds that suit the conditions around them will help prevent serious accidents this winter," he added.

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