Winter Driving Safety: What You Need To Know

Published 6:44 am Saturday, June 2, 2012

(NAPSI)—When it comes to winter driving, being prepared can help keep you on the road to safety.

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to navigate icy, snowy roads with caution. To help, here are some tips designed to sharpen your driving skills and get you prepared for winter’s worst.

Account For The Conditions

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First and foremost, it is important to keep control of your vehicle at all times. When you encounter snowy conditions, remember to slow down. It takes a vehicle twice as long to stop on slippery surfaces as it does on dry roads.

If you do not have an ABS system, avoid braking suddenly. Give the brake pedal a few soft taps rather than one hard push to avoid sending your vehicle into a skid.

The Right Tires Are Key

Equally important to increasing your winter driving safety is making sure your car has winter tires. They can play an essential role in your vehicle’s safety, handling and performance when driving in cold-weather road conditions. Did you know that winter tires can deliver approximately 25 percent more traction on winter roads than all-season tires, which can help you to stop in time and avoid trouble spots?

Also, as temperatures get colder, your tire’s air pressure can change. This makes it important to check your tire pressure monthly during the winter season. Ensuring that tires are at the proper inflation levels will help optimize winter tire performance and can also help improve fuel efficiency.

For example, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 tire is engineered to tackle the most extreme cold-weather driving conditions. A wide-tread contact patch generates acceleration and braking power, as well as cornering traction, for outstanding winter maneuvering.

Getting the facts on winter driving techniques and taking the time to have your vehicle checked before venturing out on the roads this winter can make all the difference when it comes to safety.

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