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New Camry offers great advantages for winter driving

How does the 2018 Camry handle in snow?

Winter is here. Having to deal with snow-covered and icy roads are going to be a way of life for the next few months. If you’re considering taking home a new Toyota Camry (or any other Toyota vehicle), it’s important to know what you’re getting if you’re going to be driving in winter conditions. In fact, having customers ask our sales professionals, ‘How does the 2018 Camry handle in snow?’ is a pretty common occurrence. We’ll explain in more detail later, but in short, it’s been our experience that the Camry is a great platform with strong handling characteristics in just about any set of conditions.

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Does the new Camry have front-wheel-drive?

Because of the nature of physics, front-wheel-drive has a well-earned reputation for being a boon to drivers having to deal with winter’s wrath. Having a vehicle being propelled by the front wheels also benefits from having the engine sit over the top of those wheels. The weight of the engine helps keeps the wheels firmly planted on the ground and does a lot of the work of helping maintain traction. All of the available trim grades of the 2018 Toyota Camry come with front-wheel-drive, meaning there isn’t a bad choice to make in this regard.

Do I need snow tires?

For the most part, modern vehicles come with what are called “all-season tires.” These tires strike a balance between providing the grip necessary to keep a vehicle, like the 2018 Camry, planted on slippery roads while also providing as little rolling resistance as possible to aid with fuel efficiency. Plus, owners won’t have to worry about storing another set of tires for half of the year.

What to do in a skid?

Driving on slick roads can be nerve-racking, but it is a very manageable situation. Here are some easy tips for making a safe trip in slippery conditions:

  • Slow down. Speeding on snow and ice will only get you in trouble much faster.
  • Turn into the skid. If your vehicle does lose traction and the nose drifts right, turn the steering wheel to the left. Should the opposite situation occur, turn the wheel the other way.
  • Don’t pump the brakes. This used to be the rule before the days of anti-lock brakes. The 2018 Camry comes with ABS as standard equipment. Apply steady pressure until you regain control or come safely to a stop.

The 2018 Toyota Camry is widely available in the White River Toyota showroom. You can make an appointment for a test drive today by calling one of our sales professionals.