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SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the official first day of winter approaches, drivers are reminded that it may be time to consider a "tiring" experience. According to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT), the comfort level of driving for many motorists over the next several weeks may be dependent upon the condition of their vehicles and tires.
This seasonal advice is supported by the prediction from the forecasters at the Farmers' Almanac for a winter with widespread cold and traditionally heavy snowfalls in many areas of the U.S. and Canada.
"No one wants to get into a hazardous winter driving situation with snow, ice, slush and cold – and then wish they had better prepared for those types of conditions. That is why we say the time to prepare your vehicle for winter is before winter arrives," said Brandy Gadd, Goodyear brand manager. "Along with the antifreeze, battery check-ups and new wiper blades, an inspection of the tire tread should be a year-round practice, but especially as we prepare for potential slippery road conditions."
According to the Farmers' Almanac, there is a prediction for below-average temperatures for about two-thirds of the U.S., mostly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England. They also note that the combination of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation will set the stage for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow.
The group is also forecasting a cold winter for much of Canada, roughly east of the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Great Lakes. Over the Prairies, near-normal precipitation is expected, and Ontario and Quebec could be in for a snowy winter season, according to the Farmers' Almanac.
If such predictions are true – and the Farmers' Almanac is right about 80 percent of the time – Goodyear officials said motorists should not wait any longer to enhance their traction on winter roads and highways. It's not too late to consider getting a new set of tires for the family car or other vehicle.
Gadd recommends a set of winter tires for motorists in severe winter regions, or at least a strong set of all-season tires such as Goodyear's Assurance TripleTred All-Season. These tires – for cars, mini vans, CUVs and SUVs – feature three unique tread zones for confident traction.
For those who want to go the extra mile for the enhanced traction and cold weather capability of winter tires, Goodyear's Ultra Grip winter tire lines utilize a tread with traction blades for enhanced grip in snow and ice, along with a special rubber compound for superior traction in challenging winter weather conditions.
"Winter driving is all about preparation, and the key to being ready for winter is taking the necessary steps to be safe before getting behind the wheel," said Ian Law, chief instructor of the ILR Car Control School in Ontario, Canada.
Beyond properly equipping vehicles, he offers advice for motorists who will be faced with potentially slippery driving conditions this winter:
Video with caption: "Winter driving school instructor Ian Law provides tips for handling snowy and icy road conditions." Video available at: http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/multivu_archive/PRNA/ENR/FX-MM36004-20131219-01.mp4
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