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5 Tips for efficient driving when winter weather strikes

Written by Maritza Hernandez, December 13, 2018

It happens every year and every year it surprises us, catching us off guard.  We are, of course, talking about the winter season and the host of winter weather problems it brings.

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Why Bridges Freeze Before Roads Do

Written by Leonard D'Orlando, December 6, 2018

We should pay special attention to bridges and overpasses when driving in temperatures around the freezing point. Over the years we have heard that bridges may be icy while the road is not. We have also seen signs posted before bridges and overpasses which state this for safety reasons. This condition however is an important one that should be given some consideration. So how could the bridge be icy when the road is not? Here’s why.

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Tips for black ice - look, listen and react

Written by Eric Jones, November 29, 2018

The first winter storm of the season often catches many of us by surprise. Soon most of us will have had  our first big burst of winter weather. The snow-covered roads and plow trucks are an obvious indicator that we should be vigilant while driving. But what about when ice is present without these visual cues? Black ice is the winter threat many of us fail to observe until it’s too late. 

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How do I prepare for winter driving?

Written by Lucas Gulino, November 22, 2018

Not so long ago, we saw on the roads these trucks that kept the landscapes and green spaces alive. These vehicles equipped with several equipment and accessories that cut the trees or maintained the road, change now from another equipment’s. The snow plows take place to clear away these new roads, which will become snow-covered and ice-free.

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Road salt – why chemical de-icing?

Written by Leonard D'Orlando, November 15, 2018

When winter strikes, the conscious driver prepares for increasing traction in case of icy and slippery roads. Some bring a sandbag and a shovel while others gear up with a set of snow chains. Still, others have automatic snow chains mounted on their vehicle, so there is no need at all for special preparation. All these drivers rely on mechanical principles for increasing traction. But, are there no other options? Let’s dive into the world of chemical de-icing of roads.

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Solution for other slippery conditions

Written by Ulrik Andersson, November 1, 2018

The automatic snow chains are genius when you encounter adverse road conditions in the colder seasons. With just a flip of a switch you have instant traction added so that you can get up in speed or if you need to stop, you get improved breaking power.

 

But what about the rest of the year, when you are not in the winter season? In the middle of the summer or in the autumn?

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Road Friction; What is it?

Written by Maritza Hernandez, September 17, 2018

Friction and traction are key to avoid sliding vehicles and spinning wheels.

Friction is defined as the rubbing of one object or surface against another. The friction between your vehicles’ tires and the road will determine maximum acceleration and minimum stopping distance. The force of friction depends on the force pushing the objects or surfaces together and the coefficient of friction. The coefficient of friction is the relationship between the force required to move the surfaces against each other and the pressure to stay in contact while in motion.

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Three tips for rescue drivers on when to use Onspot

Written by Eric Jones, March 9, 2018

When is the correct time to engage your Onspot Automatic Snow Chains? This is a common question that we hear from our friends in the fire and rescue industry. Actually, it’s a frequently asked question in many of the markets that we serve.

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4 Questions to Consider When Thinking About Automatic Snow Chains

Written by Eric Jones, June 29, 2017

You’ve done the research and decided that increasing traction is important. The following four questions can help you determine if Onspot Automatic Snow Chains are the right solution for you.

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Why are bridges icy when the road isn’t?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, January 12, 2017

We should pay special attention to bridges and overpasses when driving in temperatures around freezing point. We’ve learnt that bridges may be icy while the road isn’t, and that’s all we need to know to for safety reasons. But, giving it a second thought, how could the bridge be icy when the road isn’t? Here’s why.

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