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Are you familiar with winter driving myths?

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You could have a generous list of things you love about living in New Jersey, but driving on snowy and ice-slicked streets in the winter season may not be one of them. Over the years, you may have accumulated several winter driving safety tips, but are they all true and reliable?

To help you separate fact from fiction, see what AccuWeather has to say about the matter. Peeking behind the curtain to see what is really going on can keep you safe from an avoidable car accident this winter season.

Myth: Four-wheel drive is all you need for winter driving

With four-wheel drive, the main thing to remember is that it helps you keep going in the snow, but it does you no good when it comes to braking in the snow. A car with four-wheel drive and quality winter tires offers solid braking ability.

Myth: You need to let your car warm up before driving it in the winter

You are not doing your car, your wallet or the environment any favors by letting your car idle in the winter before heading out. Automobile technology has advanced so that it is no longer necessary to let your car sit and idle to let fuel work its way through the engine.

Myth: The parking brake helps you stop in the snow 

Cars cannot use anti-lock brakes and the parking brake at the same time. By pulling the parking brake when you lose control of your vehicle, you cancel out the anti-lock brakes, snuffing out your vehicle’s full braking capacity. Also, winter temperatures can freeze up parking brakes.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.