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When our harsh winters come here in Jamestown, it's always important to ensure that your car is properly outfitted to handle the awful weather. It's never too early to start preparing your car for winter. Checking the battery, heating system, and tires before it's too late are essential to your winter car health. Once winter hits, getting these key areas checked seems like much more of a task, although it's still one worth doing.
Winter Tires Are An Investment
While there is some debate on the matter, it's always worthwhile to purchase winter tires when you live in an area like Jamestown. Winter driving can be dangerous and winter tires can help prevent accidents. While having a Subaru with four wheel drive can get you out of some situations, winter tires could be the difference between ending up in them in the first place. Winter tires may seem like an added cost, but since they are only on your car for half the year, they will help your all-season or summer tires last twice as long.
What Makes Winter Tires So Special?
Winter tires are made from a different rubber compound than your regular tire. As a result, they provide more grip on the road and the optimized tire tread width brings the best traction possible. Combined, grip and traction mean you won't slide around on slick roads nearly as much. Winter tires provide up to three times the stopping distance compared to standard tires. They also make swerving to avoid an animal or another car safer as you'll be able to hold the road and maintain more control.
In addition to winter tires, here are few more tips to help keep you safe this winter:
1. Slow down before turning.
2. Don't press the gas when turning corners.
3. Beware of black ice.
4. Four wheel drive will get you moving. It doesn't mean you'll be able to stop.
5. Keep five to ten car lengths distance between you and the next vehicle. You don't know the condition of the road ahead.
6. Keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
7. Don't change lanes on roads covered in snow. Ice could lie beneath the snow cover.