Surveys show that one in five drive through the summer on winter tires. The insurance company, Tryg, fears fatal consequences.
‘’Many people think they save money by driving with winter tires as if they were year-round tires. But then you overlook the dangers of spike-free winter tires on summer roads’’ said car insurance director, Jeanett Tennefoss of Tryg Forsikring.
She pointed out that spike-free winter tires have far worse road grips than summer tires. On dry roads, the braking distance becomes considerably longer. On wet roads, there is a risk of water planing at lower speeds than with summer tires.
“The extra braking distance can be decisive and cause collisions, injury and death during critical braking” she said.
In southern Norway, the change of tires should happen on the first Monday after Easter. In Northern Norway, drivers can delay tire changes until May 1st.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today