If winter has not yet arrived yet…it will, eventually. Road conditions can be extremely tricky when temperatures hover around or below freezing. Roads can often mask slippery conditions, and drivers can easily make mistakes that may lead to accidents.
The first step to safe winterdriving is to prepare your vehicle. Reliable transportation is especially important in the winter. Not only should you keep your vehicle in top operating condition all year round – for safety and fuel economy, it is especially important to get it winterized to avoid any unpleasant or dangerous situation while traveling in frigid weather. The next step is to stock your vehicle with winter car supplies that can assist you in case of an emergency. You easily can equip your vehicle with essential gear for winter.
Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. While driving in snow or ice accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
Lastly…stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.
Posted by hyundai on Jan 20 2012 in Driving Tips