Ownership Fill ’er up for safer winter driving

18:21  22 december  2017
18:21  22 december  2017 Source:   driving.ca

Winter Tire Myths and FAQs

  Winter Tire Myths and FAQs Winter tires. We’re not here to say you should use them, because you already know that. Instead, we’re going to throw you some facts and dispel some myths about these round-and-black purveyors of cold-weather rubber goodness. So what’s a winter tire all about? Winter tires aren’t just a plot to get you to buy two sets of car-shoes. Since rubber gets harder with the cold, the compound in winter tires is formulated to stay softer as the temperature drops. At 7°C and below, a winter tire does a better job of gripping asphalt than an all-season tire, by staying soft and pliable. The tread is also designed to bite into snow, and to channel away water and slush.

With a little common sense however, the dangers of driving during winter months can be kept to a minimum. Cold, wintry mornings can kill any battery that is past it best. Fill up your windscreen washer reservoir with a good quality non-freezing concentrate.

Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in northern regions that get a lot of snow and ice. The Three P's of Safe Winter Driving : » PREPARE for the trip; » PROTECT yourself; and » PREVENT crashes on the road.

Keeping your tank full can give your wheels better traction in the winter.© Getty Images Keeping your tank full can give your wheels better traction in the winter.

Having the right weight balance for winter driving is more important than ever. With power-to-weight ratios on even entry-level vehicles surpassing muscle cars of previous eras, keeping control on winter roads is getting difficult. Drivers from almost every corner of our country seemed to have gotten the message that winter tires go a long way to improve safety.



That said, having the necessary weight in the rear of almost any vehicle can help lessen the risk of spin-outs and generally improve traction. And like anything else in automotive life, there are right and wrong ways to approach things.

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Fill er upunknown. The term used to tell someone that they should deposit some more petrol in the tank of thier car if you are drugged to the eyballs. Person 1 says: Hey your tank is empty, maybe you should fill er up .

Fill the washer reservoir. You can go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid fairly quickly in a single snowstorm, so be prepared for whatever Mother Nature might send your way. Safe winter driving depends on achieving and maintaining the best visibility possible.

The first thing you’ll notice is that fuel economy suffers. Yes, adding enough weight to any vehicle will affect its fuel economy, but isn’t safety in winter worth a few extra litres of fuel? Besides, fuel economy on most vehicles will take a 15 to 20 per cent dive, on average, when the temperature plummets.

Drivers have used many methods to add winter weight to their rides. Concrete patio stones and cinder blocks, plus bags or buckets of sand, salt or a mix of both, have all been enlisted in the war on winter. The problem with these methods are twofold; first, they don’t always put the weight where it can have the best effect – low and close to the centre of the vehicle’s gravity.

Secondly, while they might be well-secured, they are never held in place well enough to withstand collision forces. In the case of severe impacts or roll-overs, these items can easily become lethal projectiles, risking life-and-limb to both those in and around the vehicle.

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Here are ten winter driving tips to help you stay safe . Fill ‘ er up . Trips to the gas station probably aren’t on most people’s list of favorite things to do, but when temperatures drop below freezing, it’s good to get in the habit of keeping your gas tank at least half full.

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The best place to add weight is already there – the fuel tank. Gasoline weighs almost 0.8 of a kilogram per litre, so even an econobox with a 40-litre tank can gain up to 32 kilograms with a full tank versus running on fumes. And, a full tank comes with the added benefit of not taking up any interior or cargo space.

On the topics of added benefits, keeping your fuel tank topped up during colder weather with extreme and rapid temp changes will also help reduce the amount of condensation in the tank that can otherwise lead to water-in-fuel running problems and no-start conditions.

Does all this mean constantly stopping at gas stations to top off your vehicle’s tank? Of course not. But when the weather forecast is messy and your gauge is reading half or less, filling it up can give your ride improved traction and handling, along with peace of mind of knowing that at least you won’t run out of fuel when you’re stuck in gridlock.

Your Corner Wrench: Keeping your view clear this winter .
While we all enjoy some bright sunshine on a cold and blustery winter’s day, the low-angle attitude of our celestial life-giver can cause temporary motoring blindness, leaving us painfully squinting to try to make out objects in our path. Before heading to the tint shop, know that all jurisdictions in Canada outlaw any type of post-factory tinting to windshields – even darkening the existing band at the top. Some drivers are happy to take this risk, knowing not only the costs of installation and possible removal of a tint-band are relatively inexpensive, but also being aware that even with new and tougher legislation in certain areas, police officers still have some discretion.

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