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Category: Winter Driving

Why You Should Switch to Winter Tires

Why You Should Switch to Winter Tires

Now that November is here, the temperatures are really going to start plummeting. Snow and freezing road conditions could arrive at any time. For car owners here in New Jersey, one important thing to consider is making the switch to winter tires.

Despite their name, all-season tires are not equipped for all seasons. Their major failing comes in the winter. All-season tires work best when the temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, once we start dipping below that, your all-season tires will begin to lose some of their traction.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are made using a special rubber compound that is designed to stay soft and pliable even when temperatures drop well below freezing. This will help give your car more traction whether the roads are wet, dry, snowy, or icy. In addition, winter tires have unique tread patterns that help them easily cut through slush, ice, and snow while maintaining the vehicle’s stability.

Compared with all-season tires, winter tires provide your vehicle with extra stopping power, which could make all the difference when it comes to staying on the road or braking in time to accommodate a stopped vehicle in front of you.

If you would like to add a set of winter tires to your car, come visit us at Bell Mitsubishi to peruse our great selection.

Winter Driving Tips: How to Handle Ice and Snow

With all the snow and ice that comes this time of year, it’s important to stay safe while you’re on the road. Despite the incredible handling typical of Mitsubishi vehicles, we thought we’d put together a list of winter driving tips.

Our first tip is to check your tires. If you have to drive in three feet of snow, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have plenty of tread and good tire pressure. According to Edmunds, you should have at least 6/32-inch deep tread for winter driving. Tire tread testers are easily found at most parts stores.

Tip number two is to stomp, stay, and steer. If you do end up sliding on the road, know what to do: the most important thing is not to overreact. Though you might be tempted to crank the steering wheel, that’s not usually the best thing to do. Stomp on the brakes (assuming you have antilock brakes), stay hard on the pedal, and avoid overcorrecting.

Last but not least, don’t drive when you don’t have to. The best way to avoid an accident is to avoid driving when it’s bad out. Know the limitations of your car, and follow the advice of the weather channel. If it’s a blizzard, hold off on going for a spin.

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