'Get a Grip' is a compilation of winter driving safety tips developed by the Big O Tires technicians and service experts that will help people prepare for colder weather and driving in icy and snowing conditions
Denver, Colorado (Vocus) November 22, 2010
Big O Tires Denver has released its “Get a Grip” Winter Driving Safety Guide. Although most of Colorado has enjoyed a mild start to fall, winter weather is upon us. According to Weather Underground, Colorado sees snowfall 30% of the days in winter. With daily and nightly temperatures averaging between 44 and 22 degrees from November through March the asphalt cars drive on is frigid and more than likely slippery. “'Get a Grip' is a compilation of winter driving safety tips developed by the Big O Tires technicians and service experts that will help people prepare for colder weather and driving in icy and snowing conditions,” stated Matt Story, Big O Tires Franchisee. These simple tips are included below.
Tire Inflation: Big O Tires suggests using the tire inflation guidelines supplied by the automobile manufacturer. According to Story, “For every ten degree decrease in temperature tire pressure drops about one or two PSI. This fluctuation in tire pressure can inhibit safe handling of your vehicle.” Big O Tires suggests checking your tire pressure bi-weekly during the colder months to assure your safety.
All-Season Tires vs. Winter Tires: Most winter tires have a more aggressive tread pattern when compared to all-season tires resulting in better traction and road grip in icy and snowy conditions. “Below 45 degrees, an all season tire will get stiff and traction will be reduced. Winter tires have a different rubber compound that allows them to maintain better traction at lower temperatures,” stated Story. If you are replacing your all season tires for winter tires, it is recommended that you replace all four and not just two. Mixing and matching tires will affect your vehicles handling, performance and safety on icy and snow packed roads.
UNDER HOOD CARE
Fluid Levels: Antifreeze, oil, and brake fluids should be checked frequently. Refer to your owners’ manual for proper fluid levels and recommendations. Non-recommended or exhausted fluids may cause your vehicle to perform poorly in cold weather and possibly cause catastrophic damages.
Battery Operation: Cold weather can wreak havoc on a vehicles battery. Freezing weather can result in a 30% loss in battery operation. When temperatures fall below zero, batteries may only offer 50% of their capacity. A simple battery check by Big O Tires will determine the cold cranking abilities, and should be part of any vehicle preparation for colder weather. Checking terminals for corrosion should be performed at least seasonally; a corroded terminal can be a significant source of power loss even on a good battery.
Gasoline Levels: In colder winter temperatures keeping a full tank of gas will reduce condensation, which can lead to ice buildup in both the tank and in fuel lines. Having a full tank of gas will also keep a vehicle prepared in the event an unexpected storm occurs.
DRIVING TIPS FOR SNOW AND ICE
Getting ready for a trip: The entire vehicle should be free from snow and any other surface material that will cause visibility issues to you or other drivers. In addition, the ability to see and be seen is greatly reduced if headlights and taillights are not properly cleaned.
Acceleration: Slow vehicle acceleration will provide the most amount of traction in snowy and icy conditions. Driving in cold weather conditions require a soft touch and patience. Remember this is not a race; the objective is to maintain control and get to your destination safely.
Braking: Proper visibility, which provides time for slow braking, is important for driving in winter weather conditions. If the brakes are applied too rapidly, traction can break from the tires and road surface.
Sliding: Vehicle sliding typically happens by applying the brakes so hard that one or more of the tires loose road traction. Turning with too much speed can also cause a vehicle’s tires to lose traction causing a slide. If a slide does occur, keep your eyes focused down the road and keep the car’s wheels pointed in the direction you wish to go.
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