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When the Rubber Hits the Slushy Road

One of the most important keys to safe winter driving is actually four keys — your vehicle’s tires.
As the only things between you and the often-icy or slushy roadway, picking the right tires can provide important benefits in your vehicle’s winter performance and safety.  
Dedicated winter tires, known as snow tires, offer important performance improvements over all-season tires. Snow tires start with a compound that’s designed to offer more flexibility, and therefore more traction, in snowy or icy weather.  
In addition, snow tires have a tread pattern designed to push away water and slush more effectively than the treads on all-season tires.  
Together, these factors help snow tires deliver a better ability to accelerate smoothly, and (more importantly) brake effectively on slippery roads.  
Despite these performance and safety advantages, however, most drivers in snow-prone areas stick with all-season tires. According to surveys, only about one in five U.S. drivers in the snow belt, and half of their neighbors in snowy Canada, install snow tires during winter months.  
Regardless of the type of tires on your vehicle, it’s crucial to maintain your tires effectively. For example, be sure to follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold-weather tire pressure, and be sure to examine the wear patterns on your tires to be sure you have enough tread.  
Post courtesy from our friends at Chubb Insurance