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Bridgestone’s top tips for staying safe on the roads this winter

8 Dec , 2017  

As temperatures are plummeting and snow is falling freely Bridgestone have reminded everyone that it’s not just about tyres.

Bridgestone’s MD Robin Shaw has called on motorists to think about their behaviour in order to adapt to these hazardous conditions.

 

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Bridgestone’s top winter driving tips:

  • Periodically check traction, or available grip, when driving in challenging conditions. Road conditions can change drastically in a short period of time or distance in winter. Apply the brakes with moderate pressure to determine the available grip and modify your driving, if needed, to respond to ever-changing road conditions.
  • Under-inflated tyres not only compromise motorists’ ability to brake and manoeuvre safely, but they also consume more fuel and wear out faster. Information on the recommended tyre pressure can be found in the operating manual, on the inside of the door pillars or under your fuel cap.
  • The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. Insert a 20p coin in the tread; if you can see the border, it’s time to change the tyres.
  • Maximise available grip by separating driving manoeuvres when negotiating a curve. Brake to an appropriate speed while travelling in a straight line prior to a curve. This allows you to use all the available grip for negotiating the curve. Accelerate gradually when you are able to straighten the steering wheel at the exit of the turn.
  • Avoid cruise control in wet, icy or snowy conditions. Maintain control of acceleration and deceleration at all times.
  • Avoid driving in bad weather conditions. Your safety comes first.

 

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Firestone, Bridgestone’s sister brand offers an all-weather tyre which is very handy when it comes to living in the UK.

Firestone’s Multiseason is created for drivers living in mild weather but face variable conditions.

Robin added:

Where summer tyres fail to perform, the Multiseason takes motorists safely into cold and more challenging winter conditions. It also boast tuned tread patterns for low noise and optimum road contact in all surface conditions.

 

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