Driving in the winter season can get quite tricky at times. Especially for those young drivers who will be driving independently in this season for the first time. The main thing you need to tick off the checklist is keeping calm (and cool ;)) attitude. If your mind will be at peace, you won’t have any trouble managing your car on the snowy road either! However, there are still a few things you should keep in mind, here are some tips for safe winter driving:
Make sure to have an emergency kit in your vehicle to have as sort of a backup. This kit should include things to save your soul on the cold road such as a first aid kit, emergency food and water, flares, candles, lighters, extra warm clothes, and battery jumper cables.
Be Ready for Any Setbacks:
Ensure Your Car’s Well-Being:
1. Tires! Tires!! Tires!!!
Worn out tires are the last thing you need to intrude your snow-covered driving routine. Check the tread on your tires and replace them if they’re less than 2/32 of an inch, your vehicle should have winter tires that have a deeper and more flexible tread.
Tire pressure is another crucial thing to be mindful of. The pressure drops as temperature drops, tire pressure decreases every 10°F, so be sure to inflate your tires to the right level required for your car.
2. Check the Brakes:
You should maintain your vehicle’s brakes just as responsibly as you focus on the other parts. Have your brakes checked regularly – preferably whenever you get an oil change.
Moreover, other than maintaining the brakes, you should also know how to use them correctly. Apply the brakes slowly and carefully on wet or snowy roads. You should be able to judge when you need to apply the brakes to allow enough time to come to a stop when you need to.
Be Cautious of Icy Mirrors:
If you see something hazy forming outside your car mirrors, it is most likely ice or icicles. Don’t ignore this fact and use it to make yourself aware that the ice is forming on the roads as well.
Be extra careful while driving after you notice this and if you are about to start driving, be sure to warm up the car properly before you leave.
Maintain Your Distance:
Since it takes way longer than usual to stop your vehicle on ice, keep the distance between yours and the other vehicles on the road to a good extent.
Stay farther away from cars on the road than usual will allow you (and others) to have enough response time in case a vehicle loses control and goes berserk on the road.
Turn on Your Headlights:
Yes, keep the headlights on even during the day while driving in the winter season. This will make your car visible to other drivers in the case of a fog, or snowstorm, or just normal snowfall as well.
And most important of all, do not forget to use your indicator light while making a turn. This is going to help the other vehicles behind you be notified that you are turning. Remember, no negligence of basic road rules, especially to ensure safe winter driving.
Precautions to Take for Cold Weather
As it starts getting chilly outside, your vehicle begins to need more attention. Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your car and never warm up the car in an area that is sealed off or walled, such as a garage or a basement.
You should strictly avoid going out in the snow – unless it’s to run some necessary errands or an emergency. And the things that you need to look out for are:
Precautions to Take for Snowy Weather
- Drive slowly and cautiously.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly as it takes longer to slow down on icy or snowy roads.
- Know when to brake and when to not; if you need to hit the brakes after all – avoid applying the brakes until absolutely necessary.
- Avoid putting extra power on the accelerator as it can make your wheels spin on the snow.
Don’t stop in the middle of driving up a hill, it can severely change the momentum and can make you lose power and control over the car.