With the dropping temperatures, your mind is already turning to your daily commute. One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether you need to buy winter tires for your vehicle. If you want the most confidence possible, here’s why winter tires are a safe bet.
Winter tires utilize different tread designs and winter-specific rubber compounds to put you in the best position come December and January. Anyone who lives in an area where temperatures drop below 45 degrees during the winter would be smart to buy winter tires, as their groove patterns prevent hydroplaning and keep you squarely on the road.
All-season tires do not provide the same confidence and security in frigid conditions as winter tires. The glass-transition temperature of an all-season tire is higher than that of a winter tire, meaning your winter tire stays grippy and soft for longer.
It is not advisable to only buy two winter tires for the rear or front wheels of your car. The disparity in traction between the two ends of your car could cause the end without winter tires to swerve out of control. The safest decision for Kentuckians in the winter is to equip your car with four winter tires.
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Winter is coming once again, and that means a whole new set of challenges for Kentuckians on the road. If you want to stay ahead of the rough weather that’s likely to come, take the time to get your ride ready for the task and winterize your car.
Check Your Battery
It is imperative to go into winter with a strong and fully charged battery. The frigid temperatures of winter place a much higher strain on your battery than other seasons; at zero degrees Fahrenheit, your battery only holds half the cranking power it does at 80 degrees. Have your battery professionally inspected to ensure it’s giving you enough juice and replaced if need be. As a general rule, you should have your car battery replaced every five years.
Visibility is Key
The blinding white of snow and ice can severely reduce visibility during the winter. Replace your wipers if they leave watery streaks on your windshield or show any signs of cracking or rigidity. Always use a brush or scraper to remove ice and snow and be sure to keep wipers off the glass overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield. And if you haven’t already, make sure that your car’s heating and defrosting are working as they should.
Snow, salt, slush and dirt can make your car look like it’s seen better days. A thorough waxing before serious snowfall and regular washings during the season will keep your car fresh and clean. What’s more, a coat of wax will help protect the finish of your car from road salt, which can lead to rusting and corrosion.
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