Surveys suggest winter tyres a minority plan despite winter mobility needs
A survey by online retailer in the UK mytyres.co.uk, part of Delticom, found that staying mobile in winter was important to an overwhelming majority of motorists (82 per cent). Almost two thirds of respondents rated staying mobile as “very important” or “critically important”, the company says. However, the company contrasts this desire to stay on the roads in winter conditions with the results from another independent survey from vehicle auction company Manheim. According to the results from their survey, only five per cent of motorists are planning to purchase winter tyres this year.
Rainer Binder, CEO of Delticom, said: “The UK has experienced several extremely harsh winters in recent years and, as a result of the adverse weather, many people have found themselves stranded or unable to leave the house in their cars. Following the chaos of previous winters, it is understandable that staying mobile is very important to people.
“Winter tyres provide the best safety and mobility in icy conditions or when the temperature drops below 7°C,” concluded Binder.
As an indication of the effectiveness of winter tyres, the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association found that a car braking at 60mph on a wet road at a temperature of 5°C stopped five metres shorter, equivalent to more than one car length, when fitted with winter tyres.