As winter approaches, it’s essential to know the proper techniques for driving in icy, snowy conditions. The most important thing is to make sure your car is well-prepared and has received proper maintenance, and that you feel confidant getting behind the wheel. Remember though, that if you’re truly uncomfortable and can avoid driving, then just stay home and enjoy a day outside of your car.
Take into mind some of these tips for safe winter driving:
Make sure your headlights are on. This will increase your visibility of other cars, and increase your visibility to other drivers.
Let snowploughs and sanding trucks do their jobs. Do not pass them and keep your distance – chances are that visibility is worse in front of them.
Decrease your speed and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you, you never know where there may be black ice or where you will need to brake suddenly.
Use a lower gear to increase traction, especially when driving uphill.
Brake gently, not suddenly, to avoid skidding or slipping on ice.
Your experience will be different depending on what type of vehicle you have; four wheel drive, rear wheel drive, and front wheel drive will all handle differently in winter t forget that if you have ABS brakes, do not pump them, when they pulse, it is completely normal and is reducing the buildup of snow or ice under your tires.
If you need to practice driving in the snow, we recommend visiting an open parking lot after a snowfall and trying some of the techniques listed above to improve your confidence to head out on the roads. This will also familiarize you with the handling capabilities of your vehicle.
Everyone at Quality Assured sends you Season’s Greetings and a reminder to drive safely and enjoy the winter!