Winter Driving Tips
I was out running errands on “Black Friday” and personally saw two fender bender accidents. And that was when the weather was good! Now that the snow has started to fly it’s time to brush up on our winter driving skills. Here are some helpful winter driving tips.
Driving safely on icy roads
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
If your rear wheels skid…
- Take your foot off the accelerator.
- Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
If your front wheels skid…
- Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.
- As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate gently. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
If you get stuck…
Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
There are many more winter driving tips and you can check them out here.