Winter is a season when drivers really begin to tense up. In the winter, there are many things to pay attention to when driving, from car maintenance to driving on snow and ice. We hope that the following tips will help reduce the stress you experience during difficult winter driving.
A menace of winter roads, black ice!
Because black ice is not clearly visible — almost hidden — on roads, you should be extra mindful of it. Black ice refers to the result of moisture on asphalt pavement freezing and turning black due to exhaust and various foreign substances on and around the pavement. Because roads with black ice on them appear to be ordinary roads or just slightly wet, they can cause many accidents in the winter. Even when you are just slightly suspicious of black ice, be sure to slow down your car and avoid having to make any sudden stops.
Be sure to remove any snow that has accumulated on the taillights, headlights, or rear and side windows of your car before taking your car out on the roads.
If you neglect to do so before driving your car, you may not be able to see cars around you at a crucial moment, which can result in a serious accident. Especially in the winter when all your surroundings get covered in white snow, do not forget to keep your car clean and neat for all vehicles that pass by your vehicle.
Because the air pressure in your car’s tires drops below the usual level amid the cold winter season, it is crucial to check the air pressure in your tires. If the air pressure is too low, the contact area widens, causing not only premature damage to the tires but also a lot of wear, which in turn can lead to the loss of essential functions of the tires such as drainage. On the other hand, if the air pressure is too high, the tires become more vulnerable to external shock, causing the tires to bounce when going over obstacles or to be easily punctured by sharp foreign matter.
Therefore, it is best to replace your car's tires with winter tires before winter sets in.
Winter tires are less prone to shrinkage than regular tires in the cold winter season, and its tread patterns are also optimized for frozen road surfaces. As such, they are the best partner for winter driving and thereby quite capable of easing the burden on the driver.
Enjoy safe winter driving with NEXEN TIRE’s winter tires.
This may be stating the obvious, but it is important to practice slow driving in the winter for your safety. You are rarely able to predict the road conditions and surrounding environment in the winter. Because on snowy or icy roads, your car’s braking distance increases more than twofold compared to usual, keep your vehicle at a sufficient distance from other cars.
When driving in the winter when everything gets frozen, be sure to get an early head start when you need to go driving. Only driving in a relaxed manner can prevent unexpected accidents.
In addition to winter tires, we recommend that you have other essential supplies on hand such as snow removal equipment, snow chains, anti-fogging agents, and car battery chargers to ensure peace of mind even when you are planning to drive distances.
The most important thing is to remain in a relaxed state of mind and use safe driving habits. Do not hurry and drive slowly especially in the winter, while taking in the serenity and quietness winter provides.