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Basic driver’s education courses teach us that unfavorable weather by nature negatively impacts a vehicle’s handling, performance, and safety. For instance, breaking on a dry road provides an average stopping distance of 60 to 100 feet, based on a starting speed of 35 miles per hour. When that road becomes wet from rain, the stopping distance increases to 120 feet or more. A snow covered road increases stopping distance to 180 feet or more. An icy road drastically increases stopping distance to 600 feet or more!

External conditions, such as weather, is one of the four road-related factors that affect your BMW’s drive-ability, along with tire wear, type of tire, and tire age. Negative external conditions can increase the negative impact the other three tire-related factors have on the handling, safety, and performance of your BMW. Even with new tires that have 10/32 inches of tread depth, the stopping distance on a wet road is 195 feet, which is equal to 5 school buses. A wet road’s effect on bald tires (2/32 inches of tread depth) is detrimental by increasing the stopping distance to 379 feet or a length of 9.5 school buses!


Since external factors are out of your control, routinely checking your tire condition can help combat the negative impact external conditions have on your BMW’s drive-ability. Consumer Reports states, “about 9 percent of vehicle crashes are tire-related, according to estimates from a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.” This percentage is a substantial number, considering tire related accidents are avoidable with routine tire checks, which entails inspecting tread depth, tire pressure, sidewalls, and tire age. At Otto’s BMW, we care about your safety, so we’re offering complimentary tire checks by either scheduling an appointment online and requesting the tire check or stopping in and visiting our BMW Service department for a check (wait times will vary based on the day’s appointments). Click below to learn more about the Otto’s BMW Tire Care Checklist.

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Routine tire checks and replacements are the primary way to ensure travel safety; however there are some other tips for keeping you safe while driving in unfavorable conditions, such as rain or snow. These tips are all AAA recommendations.

Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in-front of you for ample stopping space.

Avoid using cruise control to help you identify and react quicker to traction loss.

Reduce your traveling speed, hard breaking, and sharp turns, which are all traction dependent.

If the vehicle begins to hydroplane, do not break suddenly! To avoid skidding, gently ease off the accelerator and continue normal steering until traction is regained.

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Otto's BMW is located at: 1275 Wilmington Pike • West Chester, PA 19382

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