Friday, August 31, 2012

Ford Escape - Smart, Green and Beyond Expectations

In winter, the condition and performance of your tyres is extremely important. Winter tyres have a specially designed tread and composition in order to provide the most effective grip, handling and safety for drivers. It's an excellent idea, therefore, to change to specialist tyres to improve your winter driving, increase your fuel efficiency and ensure the safety of you and your passengers during the winter months.

Winter tyres are made from special compounds that work best at temperatures of 7 degrees or less. Most of the UK experiences temperatures below this between December and February, and we can usually expect frost on almost half the days of winter. With this type of tyre, your stopping distance can be shortened by up to 11 metres on icy roads, and your vehicle's handling will be greatly improved, reducing the risk of skidding, sliding or aquaplaning.

Safe driving is really important during winter, and in addition to fitting winter tyres to your car, there are other ways to improve your driving during the colder months:

Clear any snow and ice from your windows and mirrors, and fully demist your windscreen and windows before setting off.

Check the weather and traffic reports for your route before you leave to check for severe weather warnings or problems on the road.

Reduce your speed when driving on icy or snowy roads, using as high a gear as possible.

Keep well back from other vehicles to accommodate for increased stopping distances, and take care when overtaking.

Avoid sudden actions, accelerating, braking and taking corners slowly.

You can check how well your tyres are gripping an icy road by braking gently on a safe straight section. If your steering feels unresponsive, your grip may be reduced.

Tyres make almost no noise when travelling over ice.

Keep an emergency bag in the boot of your car that includes a torch, ice scraper, de-icer, warm clothes, jump leads, first aid kit and a snow shovel in case of breakdowns in bad weather.

When changing to winter tyres, it's advised that you change all four tyres at once, ensuring that each has the same speed rating and load index. Winter tyres may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, but when you consider that a decent set of winter tyres can last you through two or three winters, they are really quite cost-effective. Additionally, because you are swapping them for your summer tyres for at least a quarter of the year, you are also saving wear on your other set, prolonging their life too. The best place to buy cheap winter tyres is online, from a mobile tyre fitting company.

Keep yourself safe during winter, and maximise the efficiency of your car by fitting winter tyres.

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