Now that the clocks have gone back, the weather is going to get colder and darker, and the roads are sure to become more treacherous the closer we get to December. If you do a lot of driving, it might be a good idea to visit your Rotherham replacement tyre service and see about having winter tyres fitted just to be on the safe side.
The majority of insurance companies won’t charge extra premiums for cars with these tyres as long as said tyres are roadworthy and have been fitted in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.
However, the Association of British Insurers has reminded motorists that there are some insurers out there who may require you to get in touch with them to let them know if you do decide to put winter tyres on your vehicle.
The organisation has also published a useful list of the different insurers so you can check to see if the company you’re with does want you to let them know about your winter tyre situation.
Have your car fully serviced before winter and test the antifreeze as well. Check your battery is fully charged, the lights are clean and working and that the windscreen and wiper blades are clean.
When driving in snow or ice, reduce your speed to prevent skids and avoid harsh braking, sharp steering and fast acceleration. Give yourself plenty of time to slow down at bends and corners and increase the gap between yourself and the car in front. Remember that you may need a far bigger distance for braking in adverse weather conditions.