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February 19, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 8: Know How to Handle a Skid

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To correct for any skid, let up on the gas and gently turn your wheels in the direction you want to go.

Be careful not to over correct and do not re-apply the gas until you're headed in the direction you actually want to go. Panicking and steering sharply into the turn will only reduce control.

If you're fishtailing or sliding, it means you're already going too fast. Reduce your speed so you won't need to worry about this! Most high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully, but if you're caught off-guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. It can be easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction. If this happens (called overcorrecting), you'll need to turn in the opposite direction. Read more about correcting a slide here. http://icyroadsafety.com/tips.shtml

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February 16, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 6: Winter Weather Requires Winter Tires

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If you live or travel in snowy climates, your tires need the extra grip and turning capabilities that only winter tires can deliver. This is also true if you drive a four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Snow tires have special treads that cut through the snow and allow the vehicle to have better traction. They're also made of a more flexible type of rubber, so that they don't freeze and become hard in cold temperatures.

Many people think that all-season tires can deliver year-round performance, but if you live where you frequently encounter snow or ice, or if the temperature consistently hovers around freezing, all-season tires just won't cut it.

To help you select a winter tire that improves your safety in the snow, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) designates winter tires that meet the severe snow standard with a new symbol. Only tires that have the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol (a snowflake inside a mountain) have been tested for use in severe snow conditions.

Nexen offers a selection of five winter tire styles designed to provide safe performance driving in treacherous winter conditions for all vehicles. All of them offer 36 months of free roadside assistance with tow and tire change, as well as a mileage warranty that varies depending on the model. Learn more about these models here.

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February 15, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 5: Check the Tread and Pressure

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Tire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping under any conditions, but especially on wet and snowy surfaces.

Underinflated tires offer less traction, can reduce fuel mileage, can wear out prematurely, and most importantly suffer unnoticeable and irreparable damage that compromises their performance so check your tires and fill them to the vehicle manufacturer specifications listed in your manual or inside your vehicle's doorjamb. Reducing tire pressure to increase traction doesn't work: driving on under-inflated tires is dangerous any time of year.

Under normal circumstances, tires are legally required to be replaced when they are worn down to 2/32-inch of tread. However, to have adequate snow traction, a tire (even a winter tire) requires at least 6/32-inches of tread. You need more tread depth in snow because your tires must compress the snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. According to Tire Rack, if there isn't enough tread depth, the "bites" of snow your tires can take on each revolution will be so small that your traction will be reduced.

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January 04, 2016

Keep Your Tires in Shape with Proper Inflation

TPMS_Tire_pressure_low_alertProper inflation is key to your tires' safe performance and even contributes to your vehicle's fuel economy.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports tires that are under-inflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire problems than a vehicle with proper inflation.

According to information shared by Schrader International from NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 200,000 accidents are caused by tire-related issues each year, and 60 highway fatalities and 33,000 injuries are caused by under-inflated tires each year.

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December 14, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 4: Check Your Tire Pressure And Tread.

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If snow-covered roads are a part of your winter route, your tires need at least 6/32" of tread depth to maintain good mobility.

Always start your trip with your tires set to their proper pressure. Check tire pressure with a quality air pressure gauge and keep them filled to the vehicle’s manufacturer specifications listed in your manual or inside your vehicle's doorjamb. And don't forget to make sure your spare tire is also properly inflated: Before you leave for your trip, check its pressure, and make sure you have everything you need to install it in the event of a flat.

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November 27, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 12: Beware of Black Ice

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Watch for black ice, also known as “glare ice” or “clear ice” which is usually a transparent or invisible coating of ice on roadways, overpasses, bridges, and highly shaded, rural areas.

This thin ice may look similar to the color of the material below it and it can make your vehicle skid and lose control. Remember: if a road looks slick, there’s a good chance it is.

Be especially cautious when driving your car into shaded areas, and slow your vehicle down during your approach. If you're approaching a patch of ice, brake during your approach. Applying pressure to your brakes while on the ice will only throw you into a skid.

Forty-one percent of all weather-related car crashes on U.S. roads are due to conditions involving snow, sleet, ice, and slush, and we know severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. 

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November 20, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 9: Shine a Light

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Make sure your headlights and taillights are all working properly.

You need to be able to see where you're going, but more importantly, others on the road need to be able to see YOU. When driving, use your headlights even at midday to help them. Having the headlights on also activates the taillights which makes your vehicle more visible from behind.

Bulbs dim quicker than you think, reducing visibility so you see less of what’s in front of you, so it’s important to upgrade before burnout. Always change headlight bulbs in pairs. Changing one at a time can cause an uneven field of vision that can be distracting to both the driver as well as oncoming traffic. 

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November 18, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 8: Four Is The Magic Number

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If you opt for winter tires, get a full set.

Do not mix tires: different tread patterns, size, and construction can compromise vehicle performance and safety. Mounting winter tires on the front of a front-wheel-drive car will make it prone to spinning out in the snow and plowing straight off on wet or dry roads. Putting winter tires only on the back of a rear-drive car will make the car difficult to turn in snow and more likely to spin in the dry.

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November 16, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 7: Use Electronic Stability Control

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All vehicles sold since 2012 offer Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a system that uses computer controlled technology to work with your ABS to apply braking to individual tires and help bring the car safely back on track.

According to Edmunds.com, "AWD will get you moving and keep you moving in deep snow. It will allow you to climb the steep driveway to the front door of the ski chalet. AWD helps prevent fishtailing under acceleration, which causes many drivers of rear-wheel-drive vehicles to lose control." But AWD doesn't improve traction under braking or when cornering, especially on wet or snowy roads.

If your car has it, be sure to leave the ESC on. If you're shopping for a used car and live where weather conditions get treacherous in the winter, be sure you have it. 

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November 13, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 6: Be A Smooth Operator

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Road surfaces slick with ice, snow, or rain will exaggerate any movement. If the road is slippery and you brake too hard, turn too hard, or drive too fast, you can easily go into a skid.

Avoid sudden movements of the car. Accelerate gently and turn gradually. Go easy on the brakes when stopping. And allow extra stopping distances: A good rule of thumb is to allow three times the amount of stopping distance in snow or ice than on a dry road.

Need a visual? Accelerate, brake, and steer as if you had a full cup of hot coffee on the dashboard. Abrupt actions that would spill the coffee could also cause a loss of control.

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