Edmunds.com Provides Safe Winter Driving Tips
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — December 13, 2010 — It's the most wonderful time of the year, but not for your car. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today issued tips to help snow-belt drivers.
One of the most important elements of driving — especially on slippery roads — is to maximize traction. According to Edmunds.com, approximately 70 percent of new cars come with standard all-season tires, but not all are well-suited to serious winter driving conditions. Use the InsideLine.com winter tire buying guide at http://www.insideline.com/features/2010-winter-tire-buyers-guide.html to make an informed decision about which snow tires may be best for you.
"Winter is the enemy of the car. Cold temperatures make it harder for an engine to work properly. Snow and ice limit traction. Potholes damage wheels and tires. Salt causes rust and gravel pits the paint. But there are things you can do to help your vehicle in this time of duress," noted Edmunds.com Editor Brent Romans in his article How to Winterize Your Vehicle at http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/winterize-your-vehicle.html. Romans emphasizes that this is an important time to check your battery, fluids, belts, hoses, wipers and other critical functionality to avoid any unpleasant surprises on a frigid day.
Should you find yourself stuck, you'll be glad you followed Edmunds.com's advice to carry an emergency kit in your car. The kit should contain a flashlight, flares, a first-aid kit, jumper cables, items to keep you warm and a bag of abrasive material like sand that can help give a tire some necessary traction. Other recommendations are listed at http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/winterize-your-vehicle.html.
Worse than getting stuck is, of course, finding yourself in a scary situation on the road. If a slick section in a turn causes your front tires to lose grip, the common — but incorrect — reaction is to continue turning the steering wheel. If the icy conditions end and the front tires regain grip, your car will dart whichever way the wheels are pointed. Be careful not to oversteer.
More safe driving tips can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/driving-on-snow-and-ice-10-safety-tips.html
Perhaps the best tip for winter driving: Sometimes it's best to stay home.
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Edmunds.com Inc. publishes Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers, enthusiasts and insiders. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site and hosts the most established automotive community online. Its mobile site, accessible from any smartphone at www.edmunds.com, makes car pricing and other research tools available for car shoppers at dealerships and otherwise on the go. InsideLine.com is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. Its mobile site, accessible from any smartphone at www.insideline.com, features the wireless Web's highest quality car photos and videos. AutoObserver.com provides insightful automotive industry commentary and analysis. Edmunds.com Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit. Follow Edmunds.com on Twitter@edmunds and fan Edmunds.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/edmunds.