Buying Winter Tires: A Way of Getting Extra Traction in the Snow

If you found yourself sliding around on the road this winter season, it might be time to think about investing in winter tires. Known for their incredible grip in ice and snow, winter tires might just save your life. That’s why we’ve put together a list to explain why buying winter tires is a good idea.

What exactly are winter tires? Winter tires come in a variety of forms, but for the most part they have deep, unique tread patterns, and sometimes even spikes if you’re looking for something really durable. Despite bad weather conditions, most drivers think they can get by on summer or all-season tires – but they’re wrong. Winter tires add approximately 20% more grip than all-season tires, according to Consumer Reports.

Aside from driving on summer tires during the winter, many people think that if they have 4WD or independent AWD, they’ll be safer in the snow. While these systems may prevent you from getting stuck, they actually make you accelerate faster in the snow. Winter tires provide the necessary grip to prevent you from sliding.

Winter tires are also great for circumstances other than ice and snow. They tend to retain tire pressure (which drops in cold weather) and they can cling to both wet and dry surfaces. That means that even if it’s not snowing, winter tires still give you a leg up.

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How to Shovel Snow Without Popping Your Hip Out

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You probably think there isn’t anything worse than having to strap on your snow boots, pile on a couple of jackets and three pairs of gloves, wrap yourself up like Randy from A Christmas Story, and trek out of the relative comfort of your home for the purposes of shoveling your driveway.

You’d be wrong. There’s something way worse than that: going through all of the hassle, bracing against the cold, and feeling something pop in your hip the first time you lift the shovel.

Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can follow to make your snow-shoveling experience as pleasurable as…well…as pleasurable as shoveling snow can be.

  1. You stretch when you go for a run. You stretch when you go to the gym. You should stretch before you start shoveling.
  2. Pick a spot for your pile. You’ll want somewhere that isn’t too far off the beaten path. Knowing where you’re going can save a lot of wasted effort and a lot of precious warmth.
  3. Don’t lift with your back. Use your legs to lift, and never twist your torso when tossing snow aside. Snow may seem light, but it can sure get heavy fast.
  4. Take a breather. You don’t have to finish it all in one go. Take a second, take a pull or two from your coffee thermos, and get back to it.
  5. Drag somebody with you. Shoveling a good-sized driveway is arguably better left to two people. Convince your spouse/partner/children that shoveling is way more fun than it actually is and get the job done twice as fast.

We’ll be exercising these tips ourselves as we attempt to keep up with the winter weather here at Shults Ford in Harmarville. Make it worth our while and come down to see what we’ve got on the lots.

Are Your Tires Safe To Drive On?

tire safetyIt’s National Tire Safety Week! This week is the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) annual tire safety week so what better to talk about than the condition of your tires?

The tires are the only part of your vehicle that makes contact with the road so making sure that they are properly kept up with is an essential tool when it comes to safety.

Tire Safety Tips

  • Inflate- Make sure that you check your tire pressure monthly. It is hard to tell with the naked eye if a tire is low.  There are manufacturer specifications that are located on the tire so that you know the exact amount of air that should be in the tire.
  • Rotate- You need to rotate your tires every 5,000 miles.  Tires in different locations of the car get worn differently so to keep the tires even, we rotate them for balanced ware.
  • Evaluate- Check your tires regularly for signs of wear and damage.  To evaluate if the tread depth to make sure that it is deep enough, insert a quarter upside down into one of the treads. If you are able to see above Washington’s head then it is time to buy new tires.

Under-inflated tires have rack up over 600 deaths and more than 33,000 injuries each year. Stop into the Shults Ford service center today to have your tires checked!

New Year’s Resolutions for Car Safety

New Year’s Resolutions for Car SafetyHappy 2014 everyone! The New Year is finally here, and with new beginnings comes our New Year’s resolutions. While some of us have promised to make it to the gym more, opt for healthier food options, lay off some hard beverages, or strive to accomplish something great, Shults Ford is giving everyone some car safety resolutions that you should make sure to stick to this year!

Put down your cell phone!

We all say that we don’t text or use our phone while we drive, but most of us can admit to using it every now and then. Even if it’s checking the weather or looking to see who messaged you, it’s a driving distraction. One resolution this year should be to during your phone off or put it away when you’re driving. Most things can wait a few minutes while you’re on the road, we promise!

Seatbelts!

If you traveling with your family or friends, it’s important to make sure everyone is buckled up. If you want to increase vehicle safety this year, make sure everyone is buckled up before you put the car in drive. Remember, you are responsible for their lives!

Don’t test the gas tank

We’ve all been in the situation where you need gas, but don’t have time to run to the gas station. Before you know it, your gas light is on and you cross your fingers to make sure you make it to fill up on time. In 2014, make a resolution to fill up when you are getting low, and not wait until that dreaded little light comes on before you get gas. Don’t end up with a dead car on the side of the road this year!

Absolutely no drinking and driving

This one should be a given. Make sure to renew your resolution for 2014 to NEVER drink and drive. Have a buddy that you alternate driving with or make sure you have a contact to call if you need a ride. If you don’t have a taxi’s number saved in your phone already, do that right now! It may be the best resolution you have ever made.

 

Make these simple car safety resolutions this year and you are set to make 2014 a great one! Swing by Shults Ford for some awesome 2014 deals today!

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