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Winter tyres will not incur insurers wrath  24/03/2015

Today's announcement by the Association of British Insurers that car insurance premiums would not increase if a driver fitted winter tyres to their car was met by approval from campaigners for both common sense and road safety.

Here at RunFlatTyres we often call on drivers to fit winter tyres during the colder months of the year, and will continue to explain to our customers the benefits of having tyres specifically designed to stop a car in less distance in the snow and ice.

Media reports this week had suggested that motor insurance premiums could be increased if cars are fitted with winter tyres, as they are seen as a modification to the car. The ludicrous suggestion made little sense as winter tyres are proven to increase the safety of a car, and reduce the chances of a driver having a crash, although with insurance companies anything is possible.

The ABI represent over 90% of the British car insurance market, and confirmed that their members had committed not to charge any more to customers who fit winter or snow tyres to their car this winter, as long as the tyres are roadworthy and meet the vehicle manufacturers guidelines.

In a statement released today, the ABI explained, Insurers do not want to penalise motorists who take steps, like fitting winter tyres, to improve their safety on dangerous winter roads.

They added, Last year cold weather came early and there was some uncertainty for customers about the insurance implications of fitting winter tyres. This commitment clarifies the position for motorists.

Insurers have promised not to charge anymore for the tyres being fitted on cars, although some insurers may still require notification that such tyres have been fitted, so be sure to contact your insurance company just in case, if you have had, or are planning on having winter tyres fitted this year.

Winter tyres are proven to reduce stopping distances in the cold, ice, snow and wet, and are designed to be more resistant to the cold weather. They are often made with a different compound of rubber, which has a lower freezing point and stays flexible to lower temperatures. The pattern of grooves is also different on winter tyres, more effectively dispersing water and snow, as well as gripping to ice more effectively.