Driving in winter can present additional risks, ranging from a mild inconvenience wave of cold that can impair the visibility through the driving on ice and snow, which can put in danger the well-being of both you and your fellow road users.
However, while you are well-prepared and take precautions, all the dangers of driving in winter should not be more than a mild annoyance, especially if your car is the use of winter tires.
To maximize safety on the treacherous roads, follow our step-by-step guide to ensure that you are as ready as you can be.
Winter car keep tips
Shortly before driving
Delete all of the car windows, and make sure the mirrors are clean, so you have full visibility.
Remove snow or other debris from the underbody of the car, including the roof, so that it does not slide when you brake or accelerate.
Make sure that the car windows are demisted properly before starting the ride.
Raise the car with the wipers, and the rear wiper, if equipped, to verify that you are not trapped.
Ensure snow and ice is cleared from your footwear before leaving, to prevent your feet sliding off the pedals when you use them.
Remember to pack some essential items, such as a blanket. Also it is worth to carry some window cleaner and kitchen paper, which will allow you to quickly clean the windows and light clusters.
Winter tyre advice
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Don’t rush the trip. Running going to make you more stressed and potentially less able to concentrate. Leave a lot of time and check traffic and weather reports before you leave.
Proceed with caution and at a reduced speed when the road conditions require it.
Accelerating, braking and turning the steering wheel gently. Fast, hard entries, which could destabilise the car.
Leave much longer braking distances than normal. In the heavy ice and snow, the braking distances are typically 10 times more than normal.
If the wheels lock during braking, release the pedal momentarily, then re-apply the brakes. Repeat as necessary to bring your speed down.
Not to close to the car in front when stopping – leaves a great void, in the event that they get stuck or slide back.
If you get stuck and your wheels spin, try to accelerate in second gear, with a minimum number of revolutions and direction.
Try to reduce the engine torque to the wheels by being on a team as possible while it is in motion.
On the contrary, if you have an automatic transmission and are at a standstill with the wheels spinning, try to manually force the car to stay in first gear or second gear. Many machines now have a winter or snow mode; if so, make sure that it is turned on.
Auto-lock on, say, the second can also be advantageous when driving on very bad roads. You can offer some engine braking and help control your road speed more easily.
Traction control systems can have an adverse effect when driving on ice and snow. Sometimes, shutting down and allowing the sliding of the wheels from the rest, it can provide more forward motion.
When traveling downhill, gently bleed as much speed as possible and to engage low gears to maximize engine braking. If you need to brake, do so in a straight line, if it is possible – and gently.
Only attempt to climb steep hills once you know the route is clear. Try to avoid stopping on an incline; remember that you will need some run up to get up a snowy hill – if you’re going too slowly that I could stop and slide down.
If your vehicle begins to skid, remember to steer in the direction of the skid – if the tail of your car steps to the right, for example, you will have to turn to the right in an attempt to get the car pointing the right way.
If you feel that you are losing control, if possible, keep your eyes fixed on where you want to go and steer in an effort to get there. Looking at an oncoming obstacle will usually result in a crash.
Try to get all the braking and acceleration is completed in a straight line. Try to avoid as much during the turn.
If fog and snow is causing glare during night driving on main beam, use dipped beams instead.