It’s that time of the year when you make sure there's food in the house, not because you love cooking, but because you want to stay off the roads as much as possible. For most people, we will head out on the roads in some tough winter conditions several times. Here are some suggestions from our experienced driver’s ed educators for season.
All Season Tires vs Snow Tires
Most drivers assume that all-season tires are just fine for the icy winter roads. If you live and drive where temperatures drop below 40 degrees than having the right tires can make all the difference. What makes snow tires more effective? Snow tires have a superior tread patterns that are designed for traction in ice and snow, but also because of the softer rubber compounds that enhance grip. Budgetary concerns are what prevent most people from installing winter tires every season. But if you are able to afford it, there are cost savings in using winter tires. For one, it can save you that costly deductible payment in the event of an accident. Secondly they will dramatically increase the shelf life of your all season tires as well.
Four-Wheel Drive Can Also Slide on the Snow!
Do you have a friend or colleague who brags about not worrying about winter conditions because they have four wheel drive? Most of us do, and it can make you wonder if it's worth it. Four-wheel drive is great for gaining traction from a complete stop or getting up a steep hill. They do not allow you to make tight turns at high speed, and that's where most people get in trouble. If your interested in a vehicle with four-wheel drive that is great, but understand first what exactly that means when your on the road.
Warmer Snow Is More Slippery
Not all winter conditions are made equal. Your car may perform better or worse depending on the temperature and thickness of the snow or ice. Warm snow is weaker and thus gives way more easily. As your tires begin to slide across snow at a higher temperature, it is more likely to melt the snow. What you have created is a nice lubricant for your tires that can make your drive feel like a lap around the ice rink. Understand the conditions before you head out and save yourself the headache waiting for a tow on the side of the road.
Driving a car can be fun and freeing, but it is important to be safe and prepared. Check back for more informative tips on how to be a better driver.