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Find Out the Top 5 Winter Driving Myths to Stay Safe

1. 4WD and All-Wheel Drive Cars are Invincible in the Snow

This is probably one of the biggest winter driving myths, especially for those who are new owners of such vehicles. Having all four tires providing a grip while taking off or accelerating does not mean it is safer while the car is in the motion.

In icy road conditions much heavier 4WD SUV and trucks can lead to a longer stopping distance and much worse control while turning corners.

"All-wheel drive cars creates a false sense of confidence" according to the experts.

2. All-Season Tires Works Great in All Weather Conditions

It's yes and no.  There is no doubt that a set of all-season tires provide much better traction than summer tires on snow covered roads.  Not all-season tires are created equal, and the variance in performance between different model of tires can be huge.

When it comes to driving on snow covered roads, even an average snow tires outperform the best all-season tires by a huge margin.  Snow tires provides the optimal grip performance with specially formulated compounds that stay soft in cold temperatures and usually comes in more aggressive tread patterns.

3. Under Inflate Tires for better Traction

This legendary myth is far from the truth, as under inflation of a tire takes away from performance, effectiveness and safety.

When temperatures are dropping you lose one pound of inflation for every 10-degree drop in temperature.

Under inflation can actually damage tires when withstanding winter weather. For the best performance, tires should be inflated to the car's manufacturers recommended inflation rate which is listed on the inside of the car door.

4. Winter (Snow) Tires are for Snow Covered Roads Only

When it comes to winter tires, temperature matters more than anything actually. "All tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets colder, but the latest generations of winter tires remain flexible in freezing temperatures, maintaining traction and available grip," said Anant Gandhi, Bridgestone Americas product manager. "Your tires are the one thing between your car and the pavement. As temperatures approach freezing, winter tires can provide increased traction, braking and handling."

5. ABS Brakes are Bad for Winter Condition

It is shocking to hear some people believe that they can pump the brakes than a modern ABS system.  The braking distance will increase in slippery road condition no matter what, but ABS prevents wheel lock-up and allow the driver to steer effectively.

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