Driving on snowy, icy roads is hazardous. It’s wise to take precautions.
There’s no question about it, winter has arrived in Wichita. Wind chills are below zero degrees and snow is on the ground. Your favorite fantasy at this moment involves staying indoors with hot chocolate or another warming drink.
But, if you’re like most of us, that’s all it is – 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 snow storm, 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 snow fall 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 Wichita tire experts at Tracy’s Automotive. Tracy’s Automotive carries all brands, sizes and style of tire to fit any vehicle or driving need.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard – Maple Street auto care and auto repair, E First Street N and W 21st Street N.. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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