Link to Accuweather Article — “Learn These Four Winter Driving Myths to Stay Safe in a Snowstorm.”
An interesting article that challenges assumptions of many casual motorists regarding winter weather driving techniques. What do you think?
From the source article:
In order to stay safe, motorists should steer clear of these four winter driving myths:
- Winter Tires Aren’t a Necessity: “Most people think a winter tire is just for ice and snow, but it is better performing on cold pavement,” Director of Bridgestone Winter Driving School Mark Cox said. Unlike summer or all-season tires, which get hard in cold air, winter tires stay pliable down to the lowest temperatures, according to Cox. These tires also stick well to the pavement in wintry conditions.
- All-Wheel Drive is Invincible in the Snow: While all-wheel drive splits grip between four tires instead of two thus allowing the driver a greater margin of error, simply having all-wheel drive does not enable a person to be necessarily safer in the snow. “All wheel-drive creates a false sense of confidence, people assume that the vehicle stops and corners better but that is not the case,” Cox said. “When it comes to turning and stopping, all vehicles are created equal.”
- All-Season Tires are Fine for Winter: Sneakers can be worn in the summer and the winter, but a person gets better comfort and performance if they wear sandals in the summer and snow boots in the winter. The same goes for tires, Cox explains. “An all-season tire is a compromise, it is engineered to be medium in the summer and medium in the winter,” Cox said. Due to the engineering of an all-season tire, these tires do not stay as soft as a winter tire in lower temperatures and as a result are simply not as effective in colder weather.
- For Better Traction, Under Inflate Tires: This legendary myth is far from the truth, as under inflation of a tire takes away from performance, effectiveness and safety. “When temperatures are dropping you lose one pound of inflation for every 10-degree drop in temperature,” Cox said. Under inflation can actually damage tires when withstanding winter weather. For the best performance, tires should be inflated to the car’s manufacturers recommended inflation rate which is listed on the inside of the car door.