The seasons are changing, the weather is growing colder, and the harsh Missouri winter will be here before you know it. It’s important to properly prepare your car for whatever the season holds. One of the best ways to ensure peace of mind is by investing in winter tires.
Sometimes known as snow tires, winter tires are formed from a rubber compound with a different makeup than the standard summer or all-season tires. Thanks to their design, winter tires feature better grip. The tires’ optimized tread width offers more traction. While a four-wheel drive system will get the vehicle moving, it’s up to snow tires to keep it from sliding off the road.
Winter tires offer a better stopping distance than summer tires do. Slick roadways can make it harder to stop. Winter tires ultimately stop the car three times shorter compared to summer tires. Although winter tires are designed for icy roads, drivers shouldn’t get overconfident.
In order to stay safe during the winter months, drivers should keep both hands on the wheel and avoid accelerating around corners. Make sure to slow down before turning, regardless of how tight the corner may be. Drivers should avoid changing lanes in order to maintain maximum grip on the road.
Drivers should beware of unseen dangers too. Black ice can cause sudden swerving and loss of control, resulting in accidents with other vehicles and obstacles. While four-wheel drive can get the vehicle moving, it doesn’t guarantee the vehicle will come to a safe stop. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead too. After all, it can be hard to predict what lies in wait down the road, and there’s no telling how other drivers will react.
Other common winter maintenance items include a full service inspection by a professional technician. Drivers would do well to make sure their brakes are in good condition and that there’s enough pad left to bring the car to a stop.
If you need a set of winter tires for the upcoming season, come visit Jack Miller Parts, where we’ll be more than happy to help you out.