Driving on snowy, icy roads is hazardous. It’s wise to take precautions.
There’s no question about it, winter has arrived in Madison.
Madison.com notes it would be a good day to stay indoors "with temperatures barely hitting 12. We'll see a low temperature of minus 6 degrees today. The area will see gentle winds today, with [the] forecast showing winds from northwest, clocking in at 11 mph."
Unfortunately, if you're like most of us, staying warm at home is just a fantasy. Instead, you’ll find yourself in a cold car, hoping the heater kicks in quickly, while you negotiate slick streets and the carelessness of other drivers. It’s time to pay close attention to your driving, your car and the driving conditions.
“Snow is both beautiful and perhaps one of the more fun features of an otherwise difficult season. But even if you love to play in the snow, your car doesn’t. Even some of the best drivers can be undone by a few inches of snowfall, and snow is responsible for thousands of accidents each year,” according to Freedom General insurance company.
Freedom General offers several tips for safely negotiating snow- and ice-covered streets. Among them: drive slowly, leave extra distance between your car and other vehicles, steer into a skid and carry supplies just in case you get stuck. But Freedom General’s No. 1 tip has less to do with your driving style than with your equipment – Make sure you have the right tires on your car.
“Prevention is the best medicine, and this holds true for driving in the snow, as well. You will need to have the right tires in order to have the best chances of making it through a snowy winter. There are a lot of tires out there that claim to be all-season tires. Yes, they may work well most of the time, but if you want to be sure you are able to manage during a snowstorm, you may be better off getting some tires that are designed specifically for the snow,” Freedom General advises.
“These days, a lot of municipalities are outlawing the use of chains, which makes snow tires an even better option during a tough storm. To be safe, have them installed well before the first snowfall is expected. The good news is that you can usually use them for many years because they are only on your car for a few months.”
If you’ve already installed winter, or snow, tires on your car, good for you. Make sure you check them regularly for worn tread, cracks and low pressure.
If you haven’t changed tires, it’s not too late. It’s time to talk with the Madison tire experts at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers - Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto. Each service center carries all brands, sizes and style of tire to fit any vehicle or driving need.
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