Winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year for driving. With snow, ice, and congested roads, there are rarely more hazardous conditions than during the winter months. We’ve put together a list of winter driving myths you should not pay attention to.
According to AccuWeather, you should get winter tires, no matter what other people say. Unlike all-season tires, winter tires are specifically designed to stay pliable in cold weather. They are also made to stick to surfaces better and divert water, which increase your traction out on the road.
Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive do not make you invincible in the snow. In reality, these systems help keep you from getting stuck, and they help you accelerate better on slippery surfaces. They don’t necessarily help you maintain control on extremely hazardous surfaces. A false sense of confidence can be a dangerous thing.
Under inflating tires is not a good idea. Contrary to popular beliefs, under inflating your tires lowers their effectiveness. Though some off-road rally events might under inflate their specially formulated tires, it will not help the average person. In fact, under inflating tires reduces grip and increases the likelihood of a blowout.
These are just some of the many winter driving myths to avoid. The best things to keep in mind are to drive slow and stay alert during the winter.