Hi, and thanks for visiting us here at Branford Ford for our "Did you know" segment.  We feel it important to provide our customers (and of course casual browsers are welcome too!), some information and facts about your vehicle, so dive in and read some facts on components and systems you might want to pay some attention to as the season changes. We of course are not going to be able to review all the systems in your vehicle in this one segment, but as time goes on we will add more content for future segments, but for now since we are at the turn of the season and since most people have at least a little anxiety once the cold sets in and the snow flies, we will tackle a few items and systems on the vehicle that can ensure you can breathe a little easier knowing your vehicle will be at its best when the weather is at its worst! 

All that said, it does not matter whether you drive a car, big or small, an SUV, transit vehicle, or one of our road ruling F- series pick- up trucks, all vehicles share the same basic components and systems.  

Why don't we dive in and look at tires first, since they alone have the single most impact on traction whether it be starting off, stopping or cornering. 

Tires have come a long way from the time Robert William Thompson invented the pneumatic tire back in 1845. Back then, it was too costly to catch on so the old steel wheel prevailed pretty much until 1895 when the rubber tire started gaining popularity. Since then of course, there has been tremendous leaps and bounds in technology, not only in tires themselves, but of course the vehicles they are on. 

We now have changes in vehicles such as suspension geometry, all wheel and on demand four- wheel drive, anti- lock brakes, traction control (and we will visit these systems later), the list goes on. What must be stated and understood completely, is the fact still remains that no matter what the year, style, weight or height is of your vehicle, the only thing between your vehicle and the road, is your tires. You can have the best all wheel, traction control, and anti- lock brake systems, and although these systems do of course increase the safety, performance and stability of the vehicle by design, they are only as good as the traction your tires maintain on the road, no matter what the conditions. 

All season vs winter tires. Although most people will support the fact that they have all season tires, but the truth is there is no substitute for a good set of winter tires in the winter. And that is not only for obviously snow, but ice, and cold wet roads as well, hence the dropped name "snow" adapted name "winter".

The rubber compound in winter tires which is a high silica compound remains soft even in freezing temperatures where all season tires actually start to harden up around 40 - 45 degrees. As well as the softer compound, winter tires also boast more aggressive and strategically designed tread patterns which are designed not only for better grip, but equally if not even more important to extract water and snow from the tire, which is critical to reduce hydroplaning and maintain intended traction. 

As beneficial as these qualities are, most people still struggle with the idea of having to purchase 2 sets of tires. Either for storage reason, the need to have to them swapped over at the beginning and end of the season, or for the sheer cost factor. It is substantiated the tires will need to be swapped over (although some purchase another set of rims for their winter tires) and stored, the question of cost depends on how long you are planning on keeping the vehicle. It is argued that within the time you owned the vehicle, if you had to purchase 2 sets of tires, why not make one of them winter tires. Typically, in New England winter tires can be left on long enough (please note studded tires have to be put on and removed during a certain time frame by law) to greatly extend the life of the summer tires as they are only going to be used a few months as well. 

There have been numerous studies that winter tires not only reduce the likelihood of getting stuck, but even more important, they greatly reduce stopping distance, not to mention traction on ice, and who doesn't want that!  

So, to wrap up, why don't you give us a call and we will be happy to set up a complimentary inspection of your vehicle. Our hours are 7:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday (with the last vehicle being taken in by 3:00 on weekdays) and our Saturday hours are 7:30 up until 1pm. Keep an eye open for our next "Did You Know" segment on our site, and as always THANK YOU to our customers, stay well and see you soon! Sincerely yours, The Ford of Branford team. 


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