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Wintertime Car Setup

Driving without harm in hail or frost is not stress-free. It necessitates a lot of preparation, and most prominently, tolerance. If you are a novice driver, it is extremely encouraged to run-through driving in snowy icy environments as soon as imaginable; this way, you are prepared and not susceptible by winter, time after time.

Written By: Sarahbeth Kluzinski.

How to Safely Drive a Car in Snow

As history tells it, this time of year is certainly no stranger to snow. In fact, it looks like we will see snow as early as the first full week of December this year! During times of heavy or persistent snow showers, the roads and highways become a sheet of ice, or puddle of slush and snow. Excess snow makes the driving conditions much more difficult, so it is important to learn how to adjust.

Driving safely in snow or ice is not easy. It requires a lot of practice, and most importantly, patience. If you are a new driver, it is highly encouraged to practice driving in snowy an icy conditions as soon as possible; this way, you are prepared and not threatened by winter, season after season. Continue reading to learn some tips on how to drive a car safely when there is snow and ice on the roads.

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Even if you are not among the loads that spent a holiday before Halloween scooping hail instead of scraping foliage, know that wintertime is upon us and the most significant thing you can do to get your car prepared is to make sure it is riding on the right tires for the season.

Created By: Autoblog Staff.

Are Snow Tires Really Worth It?

Why snow tires?
While many drivers assume that regular all-season tires are just fine for year-round driving, that’s only true if you live in a temperate climate. If you live where it snows – or your area experiences routine sub-40 degree Fahrenheit temperatures – a set of dedicated winter tires will dramatically improve your safety during the coldest months. While brand new all-season tires can provide reasonable traction during the winter, their performance is roughly equivalent to half-worn snow tires. Half-worn all-season tires, on the other hand, are unsuitable for winter driving in snow and on icy roads.

Winter tires gain their advantage not only because they have superior tread patterns that are designed for traction on ice and snow, but because they employ softer rubber compounds to enhance grip. This winter rubber is designed to perform, not only when there’s snow and ice on the pavement, but in cold temperatures on dry pavement. This is why winter tires are not suitable for summer, warm-weather driving, as their softer rubber and more open tread pattern will wear rapidly. Likewise, low-profile summer performance tires are terrible in cold temperatures. All-season tires compromise their winter ability in order to be used during the summer.

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Bear in mind that snow tires are not shaped year-round like all-season tires, and tire sellers can and do run out of them. And for your body repair needs we at Guanella will take care of it for you.

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