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What Should You Do When Your Windshield Wipers Are Frozen?

Posted on February 26th, 2015

On a cold winter day you get into your vehicle and attempt to turn on your windshield wipers only to find that they are sticking because they are frozen in place. Be careful not simply pry them off as you could damage them. Give your vehicle time to warm up and set the defroster to high in order  to melt the ice. Be patient and wait until they loosen on their own. You can avoid this altogether by turning off your wipers before you turn off your car and lift your wipers to an upright position. You can also invest in winter windshield wiper blades as they have a thicker layer of rubber which helps with the snow and ice build up.

Handling Your Vehicle in the Snow

Posted on February 16th, 2015

It can be very scary when you brake but your vehicle keeps on going, or when you can feel your vehicle losing traction and you start to skid. It is very important to adjust your driving according to the weather conditions.

In snowy or slippery driving conditions it will take you longer to stop, so make sure you leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Drive slower than you normally would. If someone wants to pass you, let them. It is better to arrive somewhere 15 minutes late than to not arrive at all. When you are approaching a stop begin braking early to avoid skidding. A skid happens when your wheels lose traction on a slippery surface. The majority of skids are caused by sudden hard breaking or driving too fast. If you find yourself in a skid steer in the direction of the skid but be careful not to over steer. If you are skidding in a straight line, shift to neutral or step on the clutch pedal.

Visibility can be an issue when it is snowing or windy weather is causing snow scrolls. When this is the case turn your brights on so you can see better and other people can see you as well. When you are driving next to large trucks and buses they tend to kick up slush and water on your windshield leading to a sudden loss of visibility. Always drive defensively and leave enough space to minimize snow spray.

If you are cautious and alert when driving in poor weather conditions you may be able to avoid serious accidents that could injury you, your passengers or the people in the other vehicle.

Why is it Important to Use Winter Tires?

Posted on February 6th, 2015

imagesG5OYU0CTAlthough you may think your all season tires work “just fine” during the cold weather, winter tires do serve an important purpose. The following are reasons why we suggest using winter tires during the cold and snowy months.

All season and summer tires get harder when the temperature drops below 7°C/45°F. Traction relies on tires being soft and malleable on the road and winter tires keep their elasticity in the colder temperatures. Hard tires can potentially be disastrous.

Winter tires provide shorter stopping distances. They can cut thirty feet or more off of your stopping distance on snow or ice, which could potentially help you avoid an accident.

Winter tires provide better control for all vehicles on snow and ice covered roads. Without winter tires you are more likely to fishtail on corners.

Lastly, by switching your tires seasonally you will extend the life of your all season tires.

As you can see, winter tires do serve an important purpose and we strongly recommend using them in the colder climates.