Month: November 2018

The Most Common Mistakes Drivers Make in Winter

Today, we are going to touch on the technical and driving skills that all drivers should master before going on the road during winter.

The first one is car maintenance.

Car maintenance before and during winter season plays an important role in our safety and safety of others on the road. It is something that shouldn’t be neglected by any driver during harsh, wintry conditions. It’ll also allows you to prevent any possible, sometimes serious damage caused to your vehicle and vehicles of other drivers.  

Here’s a quick list of things that you should look after before you go on a trip:

1. Replace summer tyres with winter tyres

Make sure to inspect your winter tyres before and after each winter season.

For advise on how to properly storage your tyres, consult the manufacturer or your local garage. Yes, unused tyres require safe and proper storage after the season.  Failing to do so may cost you extra money, and with the home budget already stretched out before Christmas, it can cause unnecessary headache.

2. Replace washer fluid and engine coolant with a proper anti-freeze solutions. 

Otherwise, be prepared for an unpleasant surprise like getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because of malfunctioning car.

3. Clear the snow off your car completely! This one may sound trivial to many drivers but it’s of a high importance too.

Clear off the whole car not just a small section of the windscreen on driver’s side, which is a common practice, is a common sense not followed through by many drivers. 

Driving a car with snow still on the hood, roof and booth of your vehicle can reduce your visibility and perception of what is going on around you.

But that’s not all, during acceleration, snow can blow right in your windscreen, causing sudden loss of visibility. The snow on the roof and booth of your car can end up on the vehicle(s) right behind you which can end up in disaster.

In many countries, fines and penalty points are imposed on drivers for not properly clearing their cars. Keep that in mind!

These are the main tips on how you can technically prepare your car for the winter ride.

The next step is adjusting your driving skills to the weather conditions outside.

We cannot stress enough how important it is during winter time.

This applies in particular to starting, entering curves and braking. On the snow-covered road there is often an invisible layer of ice that can cause the wheels to turn in place or slide to one side or the other.

The speed at which we move in winter conditions should be adapted to the conditions prevailing on the road. We also cannot forget about maintaining proper distance from the vehicle in front of us. Slippery surface lengthens the braking distance, therefore it is safer to leave a few extra meters of space.  

When we lose control over our vehicle, it is a common practice to suddenly press the brake, which leads to blocking the wheels and can cause even greater loss of control of the car. First of all, the gas pedal must be released and the brake pressed gradually and pulse (when the vehicle does not have an ABS system). In addition, we should turn the wheels in the opposite direction. Getting out of the slip requires acquiring the skills, it would be good to practice this activity on a safe, empty and ample nearby carpark.

Don’t neglect any of these tips. Remember your life and the life of others is in your hands. Stay safe and have plenty of rest before you go on a road trip this winter.

Why is Balancing Winter Tyres Important?

During cold, snowy winter the risk of damaging car tyres significantly increases in comparison to other seasons. Road potholes, debris hidden under the layer of snow pose serious risk not only to the driver’s safety and safety of other road users but also can lead to damage of car wheels

(rims and tyres) and the suspension system, which inevitably can end up in costly repairs.   

According to many resources, rebalancing car tyres should take place every 5k-15k kilometres, depending on the condition of roads we drive on, on regular basis.

In the winter time, we can accept the lower limit of 5k kilometres as the ‘safety point’ for rebalancing car tyres, or after serious encounter with a pothole or large debris on the road.      

Okay, that’s very useful information. What about the tyre pressure?


That’s a really good question. You’ve probably been told many times that reducing the pressure can increase traction on snowy roads. Unfortunately, it’s a myth that should be quickly put to the rest.

Drop in temperature, especially during winter season causes the air to become denser and consequently lowers the tyre pressure.

For example, let’s say, that your car has a recommended pressure of 2 bar. The tyre was inflated to the recommended pressure in a garage, in a temperature of approx. 20°C.

Let’s look at the influence that temperature has: at 0°C, the pressure in this tyre will fall to 1.8 bar and it will drop as the temperature falls to reach 1.7 bar at minus 10°, and only 1.59 bar at minus 20°, which is a 20-percent fall from the recommended value! That’s why it is so important to check your tyre pressure in the winter more often than in the summer and top it up when necessary.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable driving this winter.

Winter vs All-Season: Which Tyres to Choose?

It must be stressed that winter tyres guarantee high road holding on all types of surfaces, even in poor grip conditions. At the same time, winter tyres provide excellent traction and safe braking, as well as excellent ride comfort. All this depends on the type of softer compound used to produce these tyres that perform well even when the temperature drops below freezing or when the surface is frozen: the chemical characteristics of winter tyres reduce considerably the braking distance in wet conditions (up to 15%) and in the presence of snow (up to 50%). Also contributing it’is the special tread pattern whose slats collect and retain the snow, improving adhesion to the road surface (the classic “snow friction on snow” effect). Furthermore, the large recesses allow a quick disposal of the water in case of rain, considerably reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

Replacing the tyres twice a year can sometimes be inconvenient (especially for those who use the car for work) and involves a disassembling / assembling operation (not to mention that many have the problem of where to keep unused tyres). This is why more and more people are choosing the right wheels for every season. In fact, the all-season tyres have a good performance both at high and low temperatures, both on wet and dry. However, these tyres – which often cost more than summer or winter – can hardly equal the guaranteed level of summer tyres in summer or winter in winter.

Whatever the choice between specific tyres for a season or tyres suitable all year round, it should never be forgotten that to ensure maximum performance in terms of safety, performance and consumption, the tyre must be in good condition. It is therefore essential to carry out a correct maintenance checking periodically the correct pressure and the conditions of the tread.