Are Your Tyres Winter Ready?

Written by Jordan Evans

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Figures from Insure The Box state that road accident rates increase by 20% over the months, and in knowing so, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need to keep yourself safe this festive season whilst going about your driving. With the only part of your car touching the ground being your tyres, you’ll want to make sure that they are in good condition and the best possible tyres to be using for winter and the colder months.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM001

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With a tyre like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 motorists can ensure confidence when driving in the snow and icy conditions. This tyre offers precise steering, has strong stability and has reliable grip during the unpredictable cold weather. With the strong groove pattern, it ensures grip and traction on even the toughest of conditions and provides reliable breaking. In having the horn-shaped groove, it also allows for water and slush to be easily removed. Bridgestone made a weight reduction to this tyre, meaning that it is now below the weight of its previous tyre, therefore allowing less C02 emissions as well as reduced noise levels.

A tyre like this would be a great addition to your winter essentials in keeping yourself safe in the winter months and prevent chances of a road accident.

Do They Have Sufficient Grip?
Regardless of the time of year, people are legally required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. However, safety experts recommend that people have a tread depth of 3mm and no less than 2mm. With good traction in your tyres, comes better stopping distance and also enhances your handling ability. When in wet and icy conditions, that extra bit of tread makes all the difference when braking and stopping.

When checking the depth of your tyres, you can use a 20p to test this. When putting the 20p coin into the groove of your tyre, if you can see the outer band of the coin then your tread is below 1.6mm. If you want to ensure that your tyres are 3mm or more, then it’s best to use a
depth gauge.

Bridgestone DriveGuard

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Another Tyre that has to have a mention is the Bridgestone DriveGuard tyre. With a specially constructed compound, this tyre offers all-round performance. It is a long-lasting tyre that is built to withstand heat and improve flexibility. Additionally, this tyre has the added feature of being able to run when flat, meaning that when you have a puncture you can drive 50mph for 50 miles, allowing you to get to a garage or a safe point of stopping without being stranded. This Bridgestone is also classed as a wet grip A tyre which is the highest wet grip performance with short braking distance.

Make sure you have the tools you need during these winter months to drive safely and still have maximum comfort.

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