ATS Euromaster says a Dutch survey into road traffic accidents by traffic psychologist Adriaan Heino shows that cars with cold weather tyres were involved in significantly fewer accidents during winter than those which remained on 'summer' tyres. ATS says this is convincing evidence that UK fleets would be safer if they fitted cold weather tyres. Heino studied 25,000 insurance claims and found that cars with summer tyres showed a 32% increase in claims over winter, compared with 12% for vehicles with cold weather tyres. The firm says the results are important as the Netherlands has a similar climate to the UK. It was also the last major European country to start fitting winter tyres on a large scale.
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