Prepare For Safe Winter Driving—Top Questions Answered By The Tire Specialists
North American Precis Syndicate
Proper maintenance is important before you hit the road in rough weather. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—While it’s always a good time to make sure your
vehicle is in good shape, it’s particularly important when bad weather
and the busy travel season occur.
Vehicle maintenance and preparedness are key for
keeping you protected but it can be challenging to know where to start. To
help, here are the answers to the most common winter driving questions that
Q: What’s the most important
thing to keep in mind when it comes to winter driving?
A: Make sure that you allow extra time and slow down. Whether you’re
cornering, stopping, accelerating or driving on a straightaway, reducing
speed is the key to safe winter driving. Tires have a big effect on what the
car can do. Tires are your car’s only point of contact with the road,
and they influence how much control you have while driving. Before you’re
on the road, make sure you have properly inflated tires and adequate tread
depth to help your tires do their job—grip the road and stop safely.
Q: How can drivers prepare for
winter road trips?
A: Plan ahead and winterize your vehicle. Take your car in for routine
maintenance, including checking your tires. Before you get on the road, check
the department of transportation’s website for road conditions. Listen
to the radio for announcements about accidents, road closures and travel
advisories. Also, let someone know your route in case an accident occurs, and
you get stuck in an area with no cell service.
Q: What type of tires should I get
for my vehicle, snow tires or all-weather tires? What’s the difference?
A: The decision between studded and winter tires comes down to personal
needs based on your commute and driving habits. Winter traction tires are
specifically designed to provide the extra grip, braking
and handling you’ll need to confidently drive on slush and packed snow.
Studded tires offer additional traction in more treacherous winter driving
conditions, such as ice. Chains can be important, too—and are sometimes
required—for traction when you’re traveling in the mountains or
on icy roads. It is always recommended that you talk to a tire expert to help
you make the best decision based on your need.
Q: What should I have in my car in
case of an accident?
A: A winter accident could leave you stuck on the side of the road in
cold, wet weather. Packing your car with a few essentials will help keep you
safe and ready for any unexpected detours. Store snacks, water bottles, an
ice scraper, flares, chains, a flashlight, blankets and a roadside safety kit
in your trunk. And always carry a cell phone. Many Les Schwab stores also
offer emergency roadside assistance—if your vehicle breaks down,
especially due to tire- or wheel-related issues, they’ll do everything
they can to help get you back on the road.
The tire experts at Les Schwab Tire Centers can help ensure your vehicle
is winter ready. Before you hit the road, they’ll check your tires’
air pressure and tread depth and do a visual alignment to ensure the tires
are wearing evenly. They’ll also check your brakes, shocks and battery,
all free as part of their pre-trip safety check. They have a full inventory
of winter traction and studded tires, chains and other devices to meet your
needs. To find a store nearby, visit www.lesschwab.com/about/store-locator.
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