Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice
When you’re dashing through the snow in your four-door sedan, tires can lose traction, windshields can quickly become fogged, and the rear end of your car could go off on an adventure, all on its own accord. Driving in the winter can surely be frightful, which is why we’ve come up with these tips for driving in snow and ice that will make your snowy season delightful.
Make sure your tires are inflated properly. Cold weather can lead to lower pressure in your tires, making it unsafe to drive. Making sure your tires are properly inflated will give you better control of your car, increasing your traction on the Slip’n’Slide road and keeping you safe this holiday.
Keep steering to a minimum. Like Goldilocks and the three bears, you have to find that perfect amount of steering when you’re driving on the road. Too much can cause your tires to lose grip, while too little won’t allow you to have any control over your car whatsoever. When you feel your car losing traction, don’t overcorrect—it will just make matters worse. Simply turn the steering wheel slightly towards the direction your back tires are pointed. This isn’t a guaranteed fix to prevent you from crashing. Sometimes, it can’t be stopped, but it could help if you find yourself in this situation.
Watch for black ice. Considered one of the biggest dangers on the road during winter weather, sometimes black ice can’t be avoided. Usually, it could look as harmless as a puddle or simply a stretch of wet road. The only way to keep yourself safe when it comes to black ice is to be aware of when you’re about to drive over it. When you do, avoid stamping on the brakes and you should be ok.
Keep your windshield clear. At the beginning of the winter season, you should switch out your old windshield wipers for new ones and make sure that your windshield washer system is in working order, full of anti-icing fluid. This will ensure that your windshield will remain clear. Also, if you find your windshield getting foggy, run the air conditioner to ensure the fog goes away. It might sound a bit cold, but you can actually set the temperature on “hot” and you’ll still be fine.
If you follow these tips, your winter driving season should be a bit safer. Do you have any of your own tips for driving in snow and ice? Share them below!