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Hilti fits vans with grippier winter tyres

Power tools firm Hilti has invested £200,000 to provide winter tyres for its fleet of over 300 company vehicles.
Unlike normal driving tyres, winter tyres do not harden in cold weather, so they can maintain better traction at low temperatures, as well as in the wet and on snow, slush and ice.

Tests have found that stopping distances for vehicles using these tyres are reduced by around 4.8m on wet roads and 11m on icy roads when travelling at 20mph.

“The introduction of winter tyres has not been brought about to overcome the heavy snowfall we had last year, but rather to ensure that, for the six months of the year when our drivers are exposed to road temperatures below 7⁰C, they are as safe as they can possibly be,” said Hilti general manager (GB) and region head for Northern Europe, Gareth Lewis.

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  • It's good to see an employer assess and mitigate the risks to its employees when driving in winter conditions. The initial £200,000 outlay should be recovered over time as the swapped-out summer tyres are not being used, plus a potential reduction in accidents and related insurance claims.

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