Winter Driving Conditions are Almost Here!
Well, the snow will start to fly any day now and it’s time to start to prepare for winter driving. During and after the first snowfall of the season, there is typically a very noticeable upswing in the number of traffic accidents that occur. That’s because it takes time and practice for most drivers to get used to driving on slippery roads again. After driving all summer on dry, warm pavement, it’s easy to forget that you have to alter your driving habits to match winter conditions. Driving like you did during the summer can be a recipe for disaster.
The first and most important thing you need to do is make sure that you have the right tires on your vehicle. The rubber in Summer or All Season tires starts to get hard when temperatures fall below 7 degrees Celsius. When the rubber in a tire starts to get hard, it loses a lot of its grip. Winter tires are made out of softer rubber compounds so they keep their grip even when the temperature falls below 7 degrees.
Winter tires also have special tread patterns and a lot of sipes that help them to grip better on snow or ice covered roads. If you’ve ever seen a comparison between the stopping distance of Winter and All Season tires under the same conditions, it’s amazing how much more effective Winter tires are.
When you put Winter tires on your vehicle, that doesn’t mean that you can drive like you normally do during the summer though. Winter tires work wonders on slippery roads, but there’s a limit to what they can do. It’s important to slow down, increase your following distance, watch out for pedestrians, and keep your eyes open for vehicles that are sliding out of control or driving too fast for the conditions.
Winter driving is a fact of life in Canada. If you haven’t put your Winter tires on your vehicle or you still need to buy a set of tires, come see us at Kelowna Nissan. We have a great selection of tires for all makes and we offer wheel mounting and rotation services.