Essential Winter Driving Tips That Could Save Lives (Pt. 3)
November 21, 2014
Ending our three-part blog entitled Essential Winter Driving Tips That Could Save Lives, below we will present and discuss some final important winter driving tips that all motorists should keep in mind this winter season.
Winter Driving Tips for Driving in Snow
If you know that you will be specifically driving on snowy roads at some point this winter, be sure to keep the following winter driving tips in mind:
Take it slow – After a snowfall, the roads will likely offer minimal traction even to vehicles with the newest tires on them. So, make sure that you drive more slowly than you usually do and that, ideally, you go a little bit slower than the posted speed limits.
Speeding on snowy roads is a recipe for disaster, as it not only increases the risk of skidding and spinning out, but it also makes it far more likely that motorists will be involved in serious traffic accidents.
- Leave more head room between vehicles – Given that snowy roads naturally provide less traction for vehicle’s tires, do yourself a huge favor this winter by leaving plenty of head room between your vehicle and any vehicles you may be following.In fact, it’s generally a good idea to double or even triple the amount of head room you leave between vehicles, as this will ensure that you have plenty of time to slow down and stop your vehicle if a motorist in front of you slams on the brakes, if you suddenly spot an object in the middle of the road or if a collision may seem imminent for any reason.
- Familiarize yourself with how your vehicle operates differently in snowy conditions – Your vehicle’s brakes and tires are not the only equipment that may operate differently on snowy roads, especially if your vehicle is a little bit older. So, make sure you understand these nuances of how your vehicle handles differently in the snow.If you have recently purchased a new vehicle or have never driven in the snow before (or for a while), then it’s generally a smart idea to do some safe practicing in a remote or empty area so that you can get a good idea of how you may need to operate your car differently in snowy conditions.
- Stay home – Although you may have to go out and drive on snowy roads sometimes, if and when possible, try to avoid driving in such risky conditions by changing your plans, seeing if you can work from home, etc. The fact of the matter is that, even if you are a very safe and attentive driver, you cannot control the actions of others on the roads and you don’t know others’ skills when it comes to driving in snowy conditions.So, don’t put yourself at more risk than you need to if there is an alternative to your current plans and you can avoid driving on snowy roads.
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