Even though the technology used in vehicles today has come a long way towards increasing our safety on the road, experts say installing winter tires and driving with vigilance are still the most effective ways to improve safety in winter conditions.
Jeff Voth, auto expert and editor of the auto news website exhausted.ca, says that drivers shouldn’t rely on modern car technology to avoid accidents in slippery conditions. Though anti-lock brakes, traction control systems and stability controls systems can assist us while driving in slippery conditions, your tires are the only part of the vehicle in direct contact with the road — making them the crucial thing that matters when roads are covered with slush, snow or ice.
Hankook Tire feature newly developed tread technology in its new Winter icept iZ2 and Winter iPike RS models. They’re optimized for severe wintry road conditions for advanced snow and ice performance, explains Voth.
Both tires are designed for driving in harsh winter conditions and offer excellent traction on snow and ice. The Winter icept iZ2 is designed to boost performance on severely slushy, snow-covered or icy roads, while the Winter iPike RS has a wide tread contact patch for better braking on ice and is studdable for better grip.
In addition to investing in a set of winter tires, Voth recommends taking a more cautious approach to driving in the winter and strictly observing the rules of the road. For starters, he suggests adjusting your speed to accommodate weather conditions, as decreasing your speed allows more time to respond should a difficult situation arise.
Voth also promotes proactive driving in order to anticipate situations before they happen.
“Studies indicate that 80 per cent of all accidents could be prevented if drivers had one more second to react. Adjusting your view farther down the road allows you to gain that one second and identify problems before they happen.”