Check the Tread Before Dashing Through the Snow

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Winter weather means hot cocoa and snow angels for some and slippery, dangerous commutes for many.

Owning tires with enough tread is paramount to better traction on winter roads. Drivers should check their tires now, before bad weather hits. If they feel some level of decreased performance, or their tires have 4/32 of an inch or less tread left, consumers should consider tire replacement. In winter storm-prone areas, motorists can opt for true winter tires to combat ice and snow. In more temperate zones, motorists can use good all-season tires.

“When making the decision between purpose-built winter tires versus more versatile all-season tires, consumers need to consider what level of winter they might face,” said Bob Toth, general manager of auto tires at The Goodyear

Tire and Rubber Company. “Based on past experiences, do they feel their winter weather is moderate enough to choose an all-season tire, which offers the convenience of no seasonal tire changeovers, or will they face severe winter weather, in which case, a true winter tire would be better?”

Goodyear produces both winter and all-season tires. Its all-purpose TripleTred tires can be used throughout the year and feature “traction zones” designed for dry, wet and icy roads.

Aside from having the right tires, Toth offers additional advice for motorists facing slippery conditions:

– Slow down. If you can’t see as far as usual, or the roads are slippery, slow down. Always consider the posted speed limits, but understand that those limits indicate the maximum speed in good weather conditions.

– Plan ahead. When approaching a curve or an icy area, use the brakes safely. Apply the brakes on a straight section of the road before the curve.

– Be alert to other vehicles. Maintain a four-seconds distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. If someone else drives too close to your vehicle, slow down to let them pass. Do not speed up.

– Remember to use your lights. You should always turn your lights on when your windshield wipers are operating.

– Set a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle. Keep the windows free of frost, ice and snow.

– Avoid sudden braking and steering responses. Always signal early when turning or stopping, to alert approaching or following drivers.

– Avoid overconfident driving. Do not overestimate the vehicle’s capability because it has anti-lock brakes, four-wheel drive, traction control, winter tires or other safety devices. Do not allow good judgment and smart driving to be overtaken by a false sense of security.

For more helpful tips and information, including a convenient tire selector to help find the right tire for you, visit www.goodyeartires.com.

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