Winter tyres may seem costly and unnecessary to some, but according to Telegraph journalist, James Foxall, they are a worthy investment to ensure drivers stay safe on Britain's roads.
Last winter, the AA alone rescued over 7,700 vehicles which became stuck because of snow, ice or mud on the road between the months of December and February. A large proportion of these incidents could have been avoided if vehicle owners had fitted their cars with suitable tyres.
According to figures published by the DVLA, the stopping distance of a car travelling at 30mph more than doubles from 30 metres to 66 metres when in snowy or icy conditions, tyreblog.co.uk reports.
A common misconception amongst many motorists is that winter tyres cannot be used all year round. They are designed to be used at temperatures less than seven degrees, but they can still be used during the remaining months of the year.
When writing for telegraph.co.uk, Mr Foxall said that the cost of having a damaging or written off car far exceeds the price of winter tyres, not to mention the rising insurance costs if you decide to claim on the incident.
Mr Foxall said: "Despite the outlay, it's a worthwhile investment for me and many thousands more like me who live on hills far from town. Without the extra grip, I can't get home if I'm out and the roads turn slippery. If it's slippery and I go out, I risk slithering into a hedge on the sharp bend at the bottom of the descent."