7 winter driving tips

Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 3:14 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 3:14 PM

5 Fast Car Tricks for Winter Weather

According to the Federal Highway Administration, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement, resulting in over 1,300 deaths and more than 116,800 injuries annually.

"Winter weather can be challenging for drivers, no matter their level of expertise," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelly Blue Book's website KBB.com. "Preparation starts by purchasing a vehicle with appropriate winter driving capabilities, and it extends to paying close attention to important details such as tires, washer fluid and other maintenance items that are critical to help keep passengers safe in inclement weather."

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Tips for Winter Driving
  • All-wheel drive counts. All-wheel drive aids acceleration and maximizes available traction, sending power to all four corners.  This comes in handy when accelerating from a stop on wet, icy or snowy surfaces and makes it less likely that you'll get stuck, particularly on slippery inclines.

  • However, the type of tires on your car matter more. It's important to remember that the tires are the only part of a vehicle that actually touch the ground.  As a result, they are ultimately responsible for the level of traction a vehicle will or won't have, regardless of how good its traction control, stability control, or all-wheel drive system.  If the tires can't grip on snow and ice, you're not going anywhere.  Snow tires (or "winter" tires) offer more traction than all-season tires.

  • There is no one-size-fits-all setup.  However, where you live, the amount of snowfall the area sees, and your level of driving comfort should dictate which type of vehicle and tires are right for you. Keep in mind that winter tires will wear rapidly in warmer temperatures, so you should be ready to change your winter tires out when the weather changes.

  • Be practical.  While the top option remains an all-wheel drive vehicle fitted with winter tires, if you're budget-conscious, front-wheel drive with winter tires is another good option.  Due to the price premium seen on today's all-wheel drive vehicles, experts suggest buying a car that fits your everyday lifestyle, rather than occasional needs.

  • Don't use a mixed set of snow tires.  Make sure to fit matching snow tires to all four wheels, rather than a mixed set at each end, which can compromise handling.

  • Have your vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic.  You should ensure your vehicle has all necessary maintenance performed, including checking tire pressure, fluid levels, the function of the heater, defroster, and wipers, as well as the health of the brakes, battery, and all belts and hoses.

  • When in doubt, slow down.  Even with a fully-winterized vehicle, staying alert and traveling at safe speeds are essential to driving safely in winter weather.

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Saturn visible near Strawberry Moon this week

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the planets visible in the night sky at the end of June.

Saturn will be visible next to the the full moon this month, known as the Strawberry Moon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said.

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“The moon officially becomes full at 12:53 a.m. Thursday. It will be big and bright in the evening sky all week and close by will be the planet Saturn,” Zontini said.

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“Head outside after sunset, which is around 9 p.m., and look to the southeastern sky.”

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Starting June 27, the moon will be very close to Saturn. The next couple of nights around the same time, the two will move or look like they are moving farther apart. 

A bonus planet, Mars,  is close to the waning gibbous moon and will be visible June 30. Mars and Saturn will be next to each other in the evening. 

“Remember Saturn and Mars will shine steady and won't twinkle like a star,” Zontini said. 

Use the hashtag #SkyWitness7 to share photos. 

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WPAFB Monday Weather: Warm temperatures, low rain chances for the day

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:09 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Another warm day is expected today as we’ll see temperatures climb into the lower, maybe middle 80s after starting in the 60s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

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We’ll see a few clouds, but the chance for rain looks like it will stay to our south.

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Heat returns this week

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

A slight chance for rain is there today in the Dayton area.

It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST: 

  • Rain to our south Monday
  • More rain returns later Tuesday - Wednesday
  • Heat returns for the 2nd half of the week

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Tonight: Decreasing clouds are expected overnight. Temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 60s. 

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Rain should stay just to our south, though those in Butler, Warren & Clinton counties may see a stray shower. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s, chance for rain returns in the later afternoon and evening. 

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Wednesday: A few showers likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s. 

Thursday: A hot day expected with partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 80s.

Friday: A few more clouds are expected, It’ll be another hot day with highs in the lower 90s.

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Warmer temperatures return next week

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 10:33 PM

Warmer temperatures return this week in the Dayton area.

Lingering clouds will make for a breezy day, but warmer temperatures will return next week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Stray shower this evening
  • Slight chance for rain Sunday
  • Warmer temperatures next week

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Tonight: A few more breaks in the clouds are expected overnight. Temperatures will drop into the middle 60s.

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Sunday: It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storms cannot be ruled out.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s. The chance for rain returns in the evening.

>>Moon and Jupiter close this weekend

Wednesday: A few showers are likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: A hot day is expected with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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