Car insurance: Tyre damage 'is snow joke'

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Motorists who do not want to risk a car insurance claim are being urged to check their tyres after the recent Arctic conditions.

According to Protyre, these vehicle parts are put under increased pressure when temperatures drop below freezing.

It explained over recent weeks drivers are more likely to have hit kerbs and potholes obscured by the snow.

The group also said people who had to make emergency stops may have found themselves sliding on slippery surfaces.

Protyre claimed striking obstacles and skidding can result in significant tyre wear.

It advised motorists to check tyres for problems and - if they think they may need to replace them - consult a professional.

While the bad weather continues, people keen to avoid an accident and subsequent motor insurance claim are being encouraged to take advantage of a free tyre-checking service being offered by Protyre.

Previously, the company has suggested drivers change their tyre when tread depth falls below 3 mm, rather than the 1.6 mm legal minimum.

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