By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Driving safely in the winter can be a challenge, even for the most experienced driver. In fact, an alarming three in five winter drivers (61 percent) have lost control of their car during winter weather.
It comes as no surprise, then, that three quarters of drivers reported feeling nervous on winter roads (77 percent), with 64 percent of drivers saying they avoid winter driving altogether if the forecast predicts snow.
But you don't have to avoid getting in your car in the winter. With a little preparation - starting from the ground up (literally) - you can travel safely even when the weather is less than ideal.
Tires are one of the least-discussed safety devices on your vehicle, so many consumers aren't aware of just how much they contribute to keeping you safe on the road.
Most cars these days come outfitted with all-season tires, but if you live in an area with severe winter conditions (heavy snow, ice or freezing temps), they may not be sufficient.
All-season tires are designed to perform well in a large range of conditions, but aren't built to handle winter's worst.
Alternatively, winter tires are designed to perform better in a wide range of wintry conditions, such as wet roads, snow, ice and freezing temps. They also improve your vehicle's grip and performance in these conditions and shorten your braking distances for better safety.