More than 50% of motor insurance holders 'feel less safe driving in winter'

Monday, 08 November 2010

More than half (54 per cent) of motor insurance policyholders in the UK feel less safe driving in the winter, new research has revealed.

Despite this, almost a fifth do not make any changes to their vehicle in order to cope with the adverse conditions during the winter months, research from TyreSafe found.

The biggest worry for 45 per cent of car insurance policyholders is the roads being more slippery, which makes them more concerned they will have an accident.

TyreSafe suggests switching tyres to those specifically designed for winter conditions could be a sensible option.

"Winter weather tyres offer considerable safety improvements for many months of the year when driving conditions are typically cold or damp,” said Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe's chairman.

"There is a misconception that they only offer better performance in snow and ice, but this is a very outdated view.

"Technology has advanced significantly and modern winter weather tyres provide much better safety in a range of conditions over a substantial part of the year."

Recently, confused.com advised motorists driving in wintry conditions to check their tyres before embarking on a journey to ensure they maintain control while travelling on frosty or icy surfaces.

Posted by Claire Carter 

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