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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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November 11, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 5: AWD Does Not Mean "All-Weather Drive"

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Having all-wheel drive (AWD) does not guarantee better traction in the snow.

The primary role of all-wheel drive is to provide forward traction. Sometimes, all-wheel drive gives drivers a false sense of security, causing them to enter turns too quickly. AWD can only aid acceleration. It can't give more grip in corners, or help you stop. 

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November 09, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 4: Know How To Use Your Anti-Lock Brakes

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Use antilock brakes properly by remembering to "Stomp, stay, and steer."

"Stomp on the pedal as if you were trying to snap it off," suggests Edmunds.com. Stay hard on the pedal. Continue to steer smoothly around the obstacle. Don't worry if you hear or feel a grinding noise coming from the brakes, that's an indication that they're doing what they're supposed to do: preventing lock-up that eliminates traction and steering control.

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November 06, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 3: Know Skid And Slide Recovery Procedures

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First of all, if you're sliding and fishtailing at all, you're going too fast for the weather conditions.

The best way to survive a skid on a snowy road is to avoid getting in one, so be especially cautious in extreme conditions.

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