In order to have a safe and healthy experience driving through the winter, it is necessary to prepare your car.
Having the proper set of tires is necessary.
There is a difference between winter tires and snow tires. Winter tires can be used under all weather circumstances. they work on cold winter days through ice and snow.
Studded tires, though dangerous to the road have been improved by technology through the years so that now they are not nearly as dangerous. Some of the newer versions of tires have 50% more studs in them than older versions.
Non-winter tires work best in temperatures above 45 degrees. Winter tires are designed for use in colder climates. They grip the road much better under these conditions.
It’s important to get winter or snow tires for all four wheels to prevent the chance of spin out.
Though gas mileage can be mildly affected by winter tires, mileage is reduced to a greater extent by the quality of winter gas which has been treated for winter weather.
It is advisable that winter tires be rotated seasonally. They may wear down and deteriorate on hot spring and summer roads. They should be changed during the spring and the fall, just as the temperature falls above and below 45 degrees.
Winter tires are beneficial for All Wheel Drives and Four Wheel Drives as well. They can aid when there is a need to stop suddenly or grip the road.
Making a move to a more modern studded tire may make a significant difference in the car’s drive ability.
In addition to winter tires your car may benefit from the following equipment to be kept in the car at all times:
- an ice scraper
- snow shovel
- clear snow off of all areas of car
- drive with head lights on
- be cautious when encountering snow banks
- don’t use cruise control
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