Driving in the Winter can be very tricky. The roads can get slippery and sometimes it can be hard to see right in front of you. There is a lot to think about when driving during the Winter, and if you don’t prepare properly, you could find yourself in a bad situation. To keep this from happening, follow our simple Winter driving advice, found below:
- Make sure your tires are inflated properly. Driving on snow is hard enough without having a tire that is low on air. If your tire is low, you’ll need an air pump to fill it.
- Speaking of tires, never mix radial tires with other types of tires. You want all of your tires to be of the same type.
- Don’t warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, like a garage. Warming up your car can release fumes that need a place to escape to. If your car is in a garage and you need to warm it up, open the door to the outside before you do so.
- Be well rested. You don’t want to tackle winter driving conditions while you are tired.
- Avoid using your parking brake in cold, snowy, or rainy weather when possible.
- Do not use cruise control during any type of bad weather. You want the car to remain in your control entirely so that you can react quicker if something goes wrong.
- Keep your gas tank at least halfway full. Failure to do this can lead to a gas line freezing in cold weather.
Chances are you may not only have to drive when it is snowing out, but when there is already snow on the ground. Driving in snow can be tough, and there are certain guidelines you should follow to make sure that you arrive to your destination safely and without any trouble.
- Accelerate and Decelerate slowly. Trying to hit the gas or brake too quickly can cause problems. Your car needs time to regain traction, so apply pressure to the gas pedal slowly. If you are coming to a stop light, give yourself plenty of time to stop and start easing on the brake well before you get there. Your car may slide a little and you don’t want to hit another car in front of you.
- While you are normally supposed to keep at least 3-4 seconds of time between you and the driver in front of you, with snow you should increase this to 7 or 8 seconds. This will give you enough time to stop and make it less likely for you to get into an accident.
- Don’t stop unless you have to. It takes a lot more energy from the car to start from a full stop, so you should avoid it if you can. If you can slowly roll up to a stoplight while waiting for it to turn, it will make getting going again easier. Of course, if you have to stop, absolutely do it.
The most important thing to remember about driving in the Winter is just to make sure you are prepared and to take your time. Give yourself extra time to get places and don’t rush to get anywhere. If you can do this, you should be okay driving in the snow.