Safe winter driving is all about planning and good judgment:
- Treat yourself to a new snow brush with a good ice scraper and keep it handy in your vehicle.
- Stock up on windshield washer fluid. You’ll go through a couple of gallons or more during the winter. Use a funnel to avoid spills on your engine, garage floor, or driveway. The toxic liquid is hazardous to pets.
- Carry an emergency kit in a bag or box in your trunk, including jumper cables, a bottle of dry gas, a flashlight, flares or reflective traffic triangles, a blanket, and food and water.
- Inform family and friends of your route and travel plans.
- Use your headlights, even during the day, so that other motorists can see you.
- Adjust your speed to the road conditions.
- Stay alert, drive cautiously, and don’t drink and drive. Use a designated driver for holiday parties.
- A four-wheel drive truck or SUV does not make you invincible. Reduce your speed and use common sense.
Winter tires, or snow tires, are an excellent investment in improved road handling and confidence. All-season radial tires offer good traction on dry, wet, or snowy pavement, but are not true performers in winter. In cold temperatures, the rubber in all-season tires hardens and loses some of its grip.
Winter tires are designed for temperatures below 45 degrees. The rubber is softer and stickier. Winter tread patterns chew through packed snow. To make it easier and less expensive to change from your summer tires to your winter tires, have us mount them on a basic, inexpensive set of wheel rims. And forget the myth than you can get by with two winter tires on the drive wheels only; it’s like wearing a hiking boot on one foot and a sneaker on the other.
Ken Towery has extensive inventories of high quality, economical tires. Our tire experts look forward to helping you select a dependable set of winter tires, designed for your vehicle and the way you drive. Request an appointment online today!