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Winter Driving Tips Worth Knowing

January 11, 2019 in Tips

Every year, predictable winter driving tips are all the rage across the internet. This year we thought we would put a spin on the topic with a few things you don’t usually get to read about.

Scrapers scar!

It’s fairly easy to scratch your paint and/or your windshield with a cheap plastic scraper. For better results, start the car and let it warm up a bit until the ice starts to melt, not only will this assist in clearing your windows – both your engine and the interior of your vehicle will be warming up as well for a much better ride.

Trickle your way through the season

Winter blues got you down? Well the cold temps are playing a number on your battery as well. If your engine won’t turn over, it’s a sure sign your battery can’t cope. A trickle charger will keep your battery topped off and keep you on the move this winter season.

Weapons of winter. 

Your best weapon this season will be a great set of winter tires. Not “all-season” tires. Those aren’t optimized for either winter or summer, but they are convenient. Winter tires will either require seasonal mounting or a second set of wheels, But they’re so important that they passed a law in Quebec (where they know all about dealing with snow and ice).  As Car and Driver reports, “Winter-tire treads are molded with compounds that don’t stiffen when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. That gives them better grip than all-season tires, not only on snow and ice, but also on dry, cold pavement.”

Heated seats rule.

Are you in the market for a new set of wheels or perhaps you are one of the lucky ones and checked the boxes for all the safety systems and then found the trim level that comes with heated seats. They really work and start radiating warmth much quicker than the heater does. A heated wheel is nice too, but can be kind of marginal. And if you’re wearing a decent pair of gloves you won’t notice the difference at all.

Don’t goose the gas – slow and steady will do.

Drive like Aunt Bertha and ensure your safety and the safety of others when driving conditions are hazardous! The idea is to avoid wheelspin. Once the tires lose their grip and start spinning on a hill, you’re going to lose momentum and never make it up and over. If you don’t feel comfortable driving during a snowstorm, don’t go out. … if you slam the breaks or goose the gas, you’re going to slide around.

Mats for mess.

Your car may have come with custom mats over the carpeting, but they’ll get awful cruddy from all the snow, ice, dirt and leaves you’ll track in during the winter season. Keep your underlying carpet mats in pristine condition with a set of all-weather mats. They are sure to do the trick.

Cocky or confident?

There’s a common assumption that SUVs are inherently better in snow and if all four wheels are driven they’re invulnerable. Nope! AWD doesn’t help on ice. It will get you through thick snow, but that isn’t what most drivers actually encounter. Tires really matter. Go back to the second tip. You might actually be better off in a two-wheel drive sedan with winter tires than a flashy SUV on all-seasons.

Enjoying what we have shared so far? Check out this video for more winter weather driving tips!

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