Driving during the cold winter months can have a hazardous effect on commuting motorists and their passengers.
Even the most experienced drivers may find the simplest errand a tough feat, especially if their vehicles are not properly prepared for the challenging conditions winter often brings.
Safety and preservation of vehicles during the winter months should be a top priority.
Start the season off right by winterizing vehicles before taking to the road. Here are some helpful tips to help arrive safely to every destination:
n Traction is key: With hazardous winter weather ahead, now is not the time to ignore tires. For optimum traction to navigate harsh winter conditions with confidence, consider installing a set of winter tires on the vehicle. Goodyear has a wide range of winter tires to help meet the driving needs of virtually every consumer. Winter tires are typically designed with a specialized rubber compound that maintains its flexibility in cold weather. This helps the tire to adapt to the road surface and dig into snow and ice.
n Temperature matters: Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it is important to remember the benefits of having winter tires. Winter tires contain rubber compounds for traction and grip in cold weather. Most tire manufacturers recommend that winter tires should be considered when temperatures drop below 45 F.
n Service your vehicle: Be prepared for what Mother Nature throws your way by making sure you have enough antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. For a correct amount of antifreeze to withstand the winter temperatures, a 50/50 mix of antifreeze to water is sufficient. You can go through windshield wiper fluid in one snowstorm, so be sure to completely fill your vehicle’s reservoir before the first snowfall hits. It may be useful to buy extra, but make sure it is high-quality, “no-freeze” fluid.
n Inflation is essential: Keep in mind that when the temperature drops 10 degrees, the air pressure in tires decreases by about one or two PSI. Proper tire inflation is essential for vehicle stability, fuel efficiency, optimum steering, grip, wear and load-carrying capabilities. During these winter months, it is recommended to check tire air pressure at least monthly.
n Practice makes perfect. It is important to be alert when driving on snow-covered roadways because slush, ice and other hazards make it difficult to change lanes and handle your vehicle.