Winter is quickly on its way! Some places have already seen some snow accumulation. With the weather change comes the need to change how we drive as well. Driving in snow can be very intimidating, especially for people who are new to driving and new to snow driving in particular. As the time grows closer to when snow fall will become more regular, you will want to keep some quick and easy tips in mind for when snow flurries take over.
The best tip anyone can give for winter driving is simple: Don’t drive if you don’t have to. Of course, this is easier said than done. Sometimes you have work or other commitments, and sometimes that snowfall hits after you are already out and about. So, if you can’t take that advice, there are more things you can do when you are already out and on the road.
Keep calm and focused. When the white stuff starts falling down, do not panic.
Drive slowly. Make sure to stay at or below the posted speed limits. Driving five or ten MPH below the limit will typically keep you safer.
Accelerate slower and brake slowly. When there is snow on the roads, everything takes more time. Your acceleration is going to be slower than normal, and it is going to take more time to brake as well. To reduce sliding, just take it slow. “Slow and low” is a good motto to remember. (The low being using a lower gear if possible.)
Space it out. Give more room to other drivers than what you would on dry pavement! Don’t forget, it will take them longer to slow down as well. They also may be at higher risk of sliding. Keep at least a ten second distance between you and the car in front of you. (That means should they pass a sign or landmark, they should pass it a full ten seconds before you do.)
Learn how to handle hills. Try to avoid stopping on a hill if you can to avoid spinning out and sliding. Trying to get the momentum to get back up the hill will be much harder than when you first started if you’re going at it from a full stop. Also, don’t power up the hills either. Try to get your momentum on flat ground before taking on a hill.
Remember these tips and keep a good focus when driving and you’ll have winter roads conquered in no time. Prepare for the worst by calling us today to make sure your policy has you covered!