Winter driving can be dangerous thanks to snow and icy conditions, but there are plenty of techniques you can use when driving to stay safe and avoid accidents. Here are some tips to keep in mind when driving in the snow.
1: Drive slow
The best way to stay safe on the snow is to take it slow. If you’re driving at a lower speed, you’re less likely to slip on an icy patch and you have more time to brake. Braking suddenly can make you slide, so having the space to brake slowly is incredibly important.
2: Accelerate slowly
This is similar to the first point, but you don’t just have to keep your speed low—you need to accelerate at a slower rate, too. If you’re idling at a stoplight or speeding up to go around someone on the highway, taking off quickly will just make your wheels spin, so go easy on the gas pedal.
3: Stop as rarely as possible
Braking on icy roads often means sliding, but if you’re going slow enough, you won’t have to use the brake nearly as much. If you can avoid braking, do so, especially if you’re going up a hill. It’s much harder to get started again on a hill when it’s snowy than when it’s dry.
4: Increase following distance
This goes hand-in-hand with driving slower. Leave more space between yourself and cars ahead of you so that if they stop suddenly, you have more time to react in a way that won’t cause you to slide right into their bumper. Whether you hit the brakes slowly or get into another lane, it’s much better than slamming on the brakes.
5: Turn on your headlights
Snow reduces visibility just like rain and darkness, so it’s vital to keep your headlights on. This not only helps you see, but it lets the people behind you keep track of where you are and lets the people in front of you know when you’re approaching.
Here at Raisor Automart, we hope you and your crew stay safe out there this winter.