4 Winter Driving Myths to Avoid

 

We've all heard some crazy myths about driving in winter. These are four winter driving myths that you need to completely avoid as the temperatures begin to drop and the snow starts to fall.

Pour Boiling Water on Your Windscreen to Melt the Ice

You may have heard that this is an effective way to melt the ice that covers the windshield. Don't do it. If you pour boiling water on the ice that covers your windscreen, you risk cracking the glass. The extreme change in temperature is terrible for glass, and you could have a much bigger problem on your hands than a little bit of ice. 

Instead, spray de-icer on the windscreen and after a minute or so, use an ice scraper to get the ice off. If you don't have a de-icer, turn your car on and put on the heater. After a few minutes, you should easily be able to scrape off the ice as the windscreen has had a chance to warm up slowly.

Deflating Your Tires Gives You Better Traction

Deflating your tires is not a great way to gain more traction. The idea behind it is that you will have more surface area if the tires have less air in them, so you will have more traction. While this could at times help you in the snow, it's actually better to have skinny tires in the snow. 

Under-inflated tires could lead to premature wear and tear and even a blowout. Before setting off in the snow, always check that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure as stated in your manual. 

You Don't Need Winter Tires

Many people say that there's no need for winter tires. While that may be true if you live somewhere that doesn't experience sleet and snow, having snow tires is the best way to get around in winter weather. Winter tires are made from rubber that is specifically designed to work better in cold conditions. The tread on winter tires is also designed to displace water better than any other tire, which makes them perfect for that slush and sleet that always comes after snow days. 

If you'd rather not spend the money on winter tires, a good set of all-weather tires can also be a good investment. Just be sure to swap out those summer tires when the temperature starts to drop.

Four Wheel Drive Makes Your Car Safe in the Snow

Having four-wheel-drive can certainly help in the snow; however, it does not help you brake any better than a two-wheel drive vehicle. Driving safely in the snow relies on good tires, good braking, and attentive drivers. Make sure that you are braking early and often in the snow, check your tires regularly, and never rely solely on the fact that you have four-wheel-drive to get you anywhere safely, no matter what the weather.

Drive carefully this winter knowing that these are all myths and always take extra care on the road on those cold, snowy nights. Come see us at our Crosstown Auto Body center if you need additional tips on driving in the snow.

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