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Old 12-16-2008, 10:02 PM
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Exclamation Winter Driving Tips: Maintain your tires!

Winter is fast approaching and if you haven’t already had to drive in the snow, you will soon. Since safety is of the utmost importance when driving, maintaining your tires should be a top priority.

Checklist for winter driving

In order to keep your car in the best working condition and maintain safety in cold weather you should follow these safety guidelines:

Tune-up-If it has been awhile since your last tune-up now is a great time.
Check fluids-Make sure that you have plenty undiluted windshield wiper fluid and engine coolant.
Check cables-Make sure that your battery cables are in good shape and securely connected.
Battery-Make sure that the battery not corroded and is working at full-strength. Any auto parts store can check this for you.
Tires-Now is a great time to get snow tires or tire chains. Maintaining your tires is an important safety precaution.

Winter driving tips

Drive slowly and give yourself plenty of space between your car and other cars in inclement weather conditions. Do not slam on the brakes and don’t assume that your car or tires can drive under any weather condition.

Whether you have snow tires or add tire chains, be sure to continually maintain your tires all winter. Maintain your tires by checking air levels, tread wear and depth. Make sure that your spare tire is in working condition and that you have the proper equipment to change a tire if the need arises. Just remember that maintaining your tires is essential for winter driving conditions.
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Good reminder.
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Good reminder.
We don't even have snow Noah.
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Yup, good reminder (especially since we just got 5" in chicago last night)
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Agreed, we got a fresh 5" last night in Barrie as well!
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We don't even have snow Noah.
Well...
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My '01 F/awd RX300 runs on nice and quiet comfortably riding Bridgestone Turanza "summer" tires all year 'round. IMMHO there is NO wintertime specialty tire that will outperform my tire chains and I do not have to put up with the noise, "rumble", and haersh ride.

Were I to have the need to run on adverse condition roads more than a few days throughout the year my story might be different
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^^ wait till you have to stop suddenly once day, you'll see why those summer tires just don't cut the mustard in winter conditions.

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Still no snow in VA..
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^ is this now..
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I think tire chains are not allowed in most states these days.
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snow gets bad sometimes here in colorado which sucks
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great reminder. I'm just glad that spring is around the corner & i can finally put my gas guzzing winter tires away
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Or if you live in Canada get winter tires because it's the law.
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winter tires ftw
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I don't get snow where I am, but thanks ill know for when I go to NC to go boarding
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Great write up
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Originally Posted by inyong1988 View Post
Still no snow in VA..
what he said.


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Snow sucks sometimes lol
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Thanks for sharing simple tips on driving in snowy winter season !
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I've driven in northern climates (Minnesota and now Alaska) for 50+ years. In real winter driving conditions. Based on my experience "All Season" tires are nearly worthless in winter, compared to real winter tires. Proper winter tires are the way to go if you live in a northern climate. I've used both studless (Bridgestone Blizzak) and studded (Nokian Hakkapeliitta) tires over the past 30 years in Alaska. For me, the latest Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 tires are the best. They are quieter than previous generations of studded tires and have many of the advantages of the studless tires (softer rubber compound and more sipping, quieter studs and different stud designs). I have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 tires mounted on all our cars this winter....a 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, 2018 Accord Hybrid Touring, 2002 VW Jetta TDI and 2013 Subaru Outback (for sale).


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