Affordable Auto Service - 952-933-0735 HOURS Affordable Auto Service - 952-933-0735 MAP Professional Auto Repair, Maintenance & Customization Services

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.

Winter Driving

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.

Related source: Auto Express, The Spec


  • Common Muffler and Exhaust Problems
    Aug 26, 2015

    Is there a deep or loud rumbling sound coming from underneath or the back of your vehicle? If so, you likely have an issue with your muffler or your exhaust system. If the byproducts of burning gasoline can’t escape the fuel system, you’re going to notice a dip in your miles per gallon, and bigger […]

  • Auto Industry Sets Recall Record
    Jun 26, 2014

    With Monday’s announcement that auto retailers planned to recall roughly three million vehicles due to airbag issues, the auto industry has set the record for the number of recalls in a year, and we’re not even to July. According to the most recent announcement, the car companies BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda and Nissan will […]

  • What is Hydrophobic Glass?
    Jul 15, 2015

    Hydrophobic glass, as the name implies for anyone versed in word origins, means that the glass is treated in such a way that it repels water. We’ve installed hydrophobic glass before, and although it’s more expensive than normal windshield glass, some drivers prefer the tempered glass. Below, we explain a little more about hydrophobic glass and […]