We helped you get your car ready with Quick Tips to Get Your Car Winter Ready!
Now that your car is ready for the snow… what about you? Do you know the basics of driving in snow and ice? The number one rule when the weather gets bad is to not drive at all. However, that is not always an option, so if you must go out, be careful and be prepared. When the weather gets bad, anything can and will happen, so be ready.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep you safe this winter. First, try and wait until the snow plows and sand/salt trucks have had a chance to get onto the roads. If they are not out yet, you probably should not risk it. Once you are ready to head out, give yourself extra driving time. Be sure to take it slowly and modify your speed according to the road conditions.
With the snow comes ice. And there is nothing worse then driving on snow and ice covered roads. If you find yourself in these conditions, try and adhere to the following:
Pretty much everyone has been in that terrible moment where you find your car sliding on icy roads. What do you do? Well, that depends…
If it is your rear wheels that are sliding, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that your back wheels are going. If you have standard breaks, pump them gently. If you have anti-lock breaks, DO NOT pump them. Just keep steady pressure and you will feel them pulse on their own.
If it is your front wheels that are skidding, take your foot off the accelerator do not try to correct the vehicle. As you slide sideways, the car will slow down and traction should return. Then, steer in the direction you want to go and gently apply the gas. Do not slam on your brakes as that will only make the sliding worse.
Even with the best instructions, you still may find yourself off the road and stuck. If that happens, follow these simple steps:
There may be a time when you find yourself stranded with no way of getting help. Maybe you cell phone is dead or has no signal. In this worst-case scenario, try these tips:
We hope that you never find yourself in any of these situations, but again, the most important thing is to be prepared. It is recommended that you take some free time after a snowfall to test out how your car handles. Drive to an empty parking lot and practice driving to see how your car handles the conditions. Obviously, use caution and be safe while doing this.
All of the tips in this article are merely suggestions. We hope that it helps if you ever find your self in poor driving conditions. Happy Driving!