Winter driving can be discouraging, especially in the presence of snow or ice. The following steps will help ensure your safety and avoid collisions during the next winter months, when the wind blows in gusts.
Step 1: Prepare the vehicle for winter driving
- Winter tires are a good choice because they provide better traction on ice and snow.
- Keep a scraper and a snow brush in your car, as well as emergency items such as a light shovel, starter cables and a flashlight.
- Make sure your vehicle’s mirrors, mirrors and roof are free from snow or frost before you go on the road.
Step 2: Drive slowly and gently
- Avoid sudden stops and turns when driving, as these maneuvers can cause loss of control and skidding.
- Excess speed is the main cause of collisions occurring in the winter. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully on roads covered with ice or snow.
Step 3: Do not heel
Winter worsens the risks of a driver following too close to the front car. The stopping distance is much longer on frozen or snowy roads than on a dry pavement; It is therefore necessary to maintain a sufficient distance between your vehicle and that of the front.
Step 4: Brake before turning
Slowly slow down to reduce your speed before taking a turn. Once you have turned, you can accelerate again.
Step 5: Learn to control slippages
In a situation of skidding, you must go against your natural instinct, steer the wheel in the direction of the skid and accelerate. This procedure causes the weight to be transferred from the front to the rear of the vehicle and often allows the driver to regain control of his vehicle.
Step 6: Turn on the headlights
Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility for other drivers.
Step 7: No cruise control
Never use cruise control when the roadway is snowy, icy or wet; If your car is hydroplaning, it will try to accelerate and you may lose control.
Step 8: Do not brake in successive shots
If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), do not brake in small successive strokes, depress the brake pedal and tighten the system.
Step 9: Focus your attention on driving
It is more difficult to do certain maneuvers in the snow. Be sure to plan your next move in order to have all the space needed for turns and stops.