People are driving way too fast for the road conditions, more-so if they have AWD or 4WD.
I have never heard of someone in an accident say “if only I could have gone faster…”, it is usually something like “I couldn’t stop quick enough”. We all still only have 4 wheels available to stop!!!
Slow down. Slow down even more when the roads are wet. Slow down even more when they are snow covered and/or it’s below freezing.
Put on good snow tires for wintertime driving. It makes a Big difference and the cost is just a little more (you are always only wearing out just 4 tires when driving – summers or winters).
All-season tires are Not the same as Winter tires – get the winter tires with the little mountain and snowflake icon on the side. Make sure you have good tread life left on the tires no matter what the season. On dry pavement tires with half tread life left still perform acceptably but on wet or snow covered roads their stopping performance drops Significantly!
I have only owned 2WD RWD vehicles in my lifetime (pickups, 4d sedans, and SUVs), never owned a 4WD or AWD or front wheel drive. I travel upstate NY all year around between Buffalo, Binghamton, Albany and Watertown. Never been stuck, never been in an accident. Therefore I know that it can be done.
Happy & Save driving everyone :)
I was considering snow flake tires… unfortunately their braking in dry is about 20+% of all season tires. mind that most of time roads are dry or wet.
I also considered summer tire. its braking was even superb than all season tires.. but only by about 10% better. but if you get summer tires then you have to get winter tires as well and I was not very convinced about winter tires handling on dry/wet surface. look at tirerack test data.. braking is pretty scary for winter tires on dry/wet surface.. possibly best is summer tires and performance winter tires but then it becomes pretty expensive – however you don’t have choice if you have rwd. I drive awd.
so I am sticking with all season tires. 20+ ft difference in braking distance with mere 50mph speed? that’s pretty scary stuff. mind that 98% of time roads are salted and is dry or wet. for real snow drive slow
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