Here in the northeast, with winter comes the great debate over which drive system – All Wheel, Four Wheel, Front or Rear Wheel – is the best in the snow and ice. But it’s really a debate without a clear winner, as each of the four drive systems found on modern vehicles has its advantages and disadvantages.
With today’s vehicles being far better equipped to keep their drivers and passengers safe, some folks have a tendency to pay less attention to the basics and rely on advanced technology such as traction control, anti-lock braking, collision avoidance systems, etc. to keep them safe, even in the most challenging weather conditions. But the cold, hard reality (pun intended) is that the most advanced systems on today’s vehicles don’t create or generate traction, they simply work to maximize the traction that is available. And it is the vehicle’s tires that determine how much traction is available for those systems to take advantage of.
So when it comes to winter weather, those of who can’t simply stay home and wait for better driving conditions should give serious consideration to installing winter tires on their vehicle or vehicles.
The obvious answer is that you can’t. And whether you’re a professional driver or that guy or gal commuting to work, between the angle of the sun, all sorts of nasty weather, and the residue of various types of road treatments, just seeing through the windshield of your car can be a challenge; especially this time of year.
As many of our longstanding clients in the corporate, law enforcement and government/military sectors know, Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute – more commonly known as VDI – is often called upon to test and evaluate the performance of various types of vehicles as well as aftermarket equipment that may impact that performance. Earlier this year VDI was approached by the manufacturer of a run flat device to independently run how well the device would perform in adverse conditions.
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Here are some neat little tricks that everyone, not just professional Security Drivers, can use to save time and keep the aggravation when dealing with sleet, snow, and slush and, regardless of any of that, that will help you in making sure the vehicle is ready to go at a moments notice. You can find them in the infographic below. (and, yes, we have tried them all, and they have all stood up to the legendary Karjackistan winters).