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Debunking Winter Driving Myths

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to drive during the cold winter months, but not all of it is useful. Today, we explore some common winter driving cautions and determine if they are fact or myth.

1. Let your car warm up before driving when it’s cold out – This myth takes one piece of general information, that cars are more fuel efficient when running in warmer temperatures, and incorrectly assumes you need to let your car warm up to optimal temperature before driving away in frigid conditions. During the 1980s and 90s, car companies began replacing carburetors with electronic fuel injectors, which helps the engine get the optimal mix of fuel and air. Fuel injectors essentially made the need to warm up your car irrelevant, and experts say your car reaches ideal temperature at a faster rate when driving. Car experts suggest you should allow your car to run for no more than 30 seconds before driving away, otherwise you’re just burning fuel!

2. All season tires mean they preform well in all four seasons – As we explained in our post on winter tires, swapping out your all season tires for a set of winter tires can make all the difference. Not only do winter tires provide you with a better grip of the road, they also help you stop sooner, which can be the difference between a safe stop and a fender bender. If you live in an area that sees a lot of snow during the winter months, consider investing in a pair of snow tires.

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3. You can get a ticket for not fully clearing your windshield and rear window of snow – This one is fact. There have probably been times when you’ve had to scrape your windshield off multiple times in one day, and although it can be annoying, it’s important you don’t ignore the snow. Driving in poor conditions is tough enough without doing it with impaired vision. Failing to clear your windshield makes you a danger to yourself and everyone on the road, and the police can ticket you for it.

4. Reducing tire pressure will increase your grip on the road – Some people believe a flatter tire will increase their traction, but improper tire pressure can make driving dangerous. Your tire pressure will drop as the temperature declines, so keep on top if your tire pressure as the weather fluctuates. Keep a handheld guage in your glove box for easy access.

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