Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 2)

Previously, I talked about Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 1) so today, I want to continue the discussion. Here are more tips for you when driving during winter months:

Always get four tires.

If decide to get new winter tires, don’t just 2 front tires. Instead, get a whole set and replace all four tires.  If you just change the front tires, it will just make your car susceptible to spinning out of control. Moreover, if you install winter tires on the back portion, it will make your car hard to navigate and turn in snow. So, frequently change your tires depending on the season because if you use winter tires on dry roads, it’s probably not a good idea. black vehicle passing on snow ground

Consider where you live.

If live in an area where the roads are mostly covered with snow, then, it is recommended to get four winter tires. Make sure you see a snowflake on the mountain symbol because this indicates that the winter tire you got has passed the tire industry standard.

However, if you live in a place where there’s a good reputation for quickly plowing sanding roads, then, getting a set of all-season tires is your best bet. Plus, you might want to get tires with enough tread depth. For instance, when you live in Denver, Colorado, the city plows and sands the roads very quickly an so all-season tire is fine.

Unless, of course, if you are a snow skier or a frequent traveler, then, go for winter tires. If not, having an all-season tires are totally okay.

Time for some ESC magic!

The Electronic stability control ( or ESC) works like magic because you can stop the car when it’s about to slide. When you need something to pause time on snow, getting an ESC might help. Yes, it might help you because it won’t save you 100%!

Remember, ESC will NOT work if you have worn out tires. Like the tip I shared on Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 1), having new tires can make or break you. If you are driving fast in a snowstorm, an ESC won’t give you a power to defy the laws of science.

One last note, if you are buying a secondhand vehicle, please get one that ESC for an added protection.

Owning an AWD is not a guarantee.

An all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle will help you get moving. It will get you to climb a steep driveway and help you move forward. However, AWDs do not have the ability to “increase cornering power.” Yes, they can help in turn on snowy roads, but it won’t help you stop, creating this fictitious sense of security. Thus, most drivers think that the braking and cornering ability is greater than what it offers.

Nope, not true!

So, time to bust these myths. There’s no such thing as a magic or instant solution. No matter how you practice your driving skill, there will be things that are out of control. Certain winter conditions cannot be stopped that is why you should always prepare some emergency supplies in the trunk of your car.

If you want to read more, refer to Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 3).