The winter and holiday season are almost upon us, and that typically means driving around in snowy weather for holiday shopping, visiting family, or just meeting your daily driving demands. In places like Hollywood, Maryland that see a fair amount of snowfall each year, it’s worth knowing what snow-ready technologies are available to you for your use. Snow-ready technologies range from simple comfort features to increased performance capabilities on snowy, icy roads, and you will want to take advantage of as many features as possible.
All-Wheel Drive: If your vehicle has all-wheel drive, you will definitely want to take advantage of this feature during the wintertime. All-wheel drive systems work to optimize traction on snowy and icy roads by supplying torque to all four wheels, rather than just the front two. Often, these systems can detect slippage or loss of traction and swiftly kick in to assist you.
Heating elements: Smart features like dual-zone automatic climate control are another useful in the winter — automatic climate control in particular will automatically maintain a comfortable temperature on the inside of your vehicle. Some vehicles also come with heated seats, which keep you toasty when it’s cold out, or remote start, which allows you to turn on your vehicle remotely and set an interior temperature, so your car is nice and warm upon entry.
Winter-specific car features: If you plan on driving around a lot in the snow, it may be worth considering winter tires. Manufacturers specifically design these tires to perform well in low-traction and cold weather conditions, giving you additional confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel.
In addition, there are many accessories that can improve your car’s convenience when the snow begins to fall, like rubber floor mats to protect your carpet or a roof rack to carry your skis. Either way, if you want to explore your vehicle and accessory options before the snows fall, come in to Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.