The winter season often brings the excitement of being able to ski, skate, sled and slide – however, nobody welcomes the chance to do this on busy roads in their car.
This is why Goodyear is warning motorists that these types of activities are best suited to the slopes and rinks, and not practiced on busy roads.
It recommends that one of the most effective ways to avoid slipping and sliding in a vehicle this winter is to improve the contact points between the vehicle and the road surface by fitting winter tyres with improved tread grip.
etyres supply and fit a wide range of popular winter tyres manufactured by Goodyear and although they perform exceptionally well when snow and ice are blanketing the ground, they are also engineered to perform better in cold temperatures than regular tyres.
The bottom line is to make your decision based on your own driving and local weather experiences from in the past and then weigh up the safety benefits and peace of mind you will receive if you have winter tyres fitted to your vehicle.
However, whatever tyre you chose, Goodyear tyres would like to offer all motorists the benefit of advice from Ian Law, professional ice racer and lead instructor at the ILR Car Control School in Ontario, Canada:
• Match your driving speed to the current conditions. If conditions are challenging due to a slippery road surface or reduced visibility, decrease your speed. A slower driving speed allows more time for a necessary response.
• Additional factors to consider when adjusting speed are the condition of the vehicle, its tyres and your driving abilities. Always keep in mind speed limits and understand that those limits indicate the maximum speed when weather conditions are good.
• Plan ahead and try to anticipate potentially dangerous situations. When approaching a curve or potentially slick area of the road, use the brakes effectively. The brakes should be applied only before a curve and on a straight section of the road. Sometimes, taking your foot off the accelerator and allowing the vehicle to naturally slow without using the brakes is best.
• Be alert to other vehicles. Maintain enough distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. If someone else seems to be following too close to your vehicle, perhaps slow down to allow them to pass – rather than speeding up to achieve a distance between vehicles.
• If visibility is poor, remember to use your lights. This helps other drivers to see you when approaching or when following. You should always turn your lights on when your windshield wipers are on.
• Be as smooth as possible, avoiding sudden braking and steering responses. Always signal early when turning or stopping, in order to alert approaching or following drivers.
• Avoid overconfident driving, and avoid overestimating the vehicle’s capability simply because it is equipped with anti-lock brakes, four-wheel drive, traction control, winter tyres or other safety devices. Do not allow good judgment and smart driving to be overtaken by a false sense of security provided by vehicle technology.
• Before driving in inclement weather, be sure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Make sure your windshield wipers work properly; have the correct level of antifreeze for heating and defrosting the vehicle; keep plenty of gas in the tank; and always use required safety devices such as seatbelts.
According to Law: “Preparation – of the vehicle and the driver – is the key for winter driving. When it comes to driving on the changing road conditions, ranging from dry, wet, icy and snowy, one of the most important factors to consider are the tyres. It doesn’t matter if it’s a front-, rear- or four-wheel drive vehicle; it will perform better if the vehicle has good tyres. For many drivers during the cold months from November to March, this means purpose-built winter tyres.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office