Driving for Winter Conditions
Do you know how to drive properly in winter conditions? Shift In To Winter has provided a list of the top tips that could help prevent problems that may arise while you are driving:
1. Maintain a safe following distance. It is harder to stop quickly on a slippery road so keep at least 4 seconds of distance between yourself and the car ahead of you.
2. Drop your speed to match road conditions. In poor weather conditions it is better to drop your speed below the posted speed limit. Since the posted speed is the maximum one should travel under ideal road conditions. In winter it is safer to drive slower.
3. Watch for black ice. Slow down when approaching icy areas and keep a look out for “black ice” which can cause your vehicle to slip and lose control, especially when breaking or turning a corner.
4. Accelerate and brake slowly. Make sure that in winter conditions you accelerate slowly in order to gain traction and avoid spinning out. Also, if you need to stop, make sure you don’t break suddenly. Keep your distance from other cars so you have time to slow down gradually.
5. Avoid sudden moves. In slick weather conditions any unexpected movements could cause the vehicle to spin out. Anticipate any moves before you make them in order to avoid a spin out.
6. Know how to handle a skid. A skid happens when your wheels slide out of control on a slippery surface and is a result of driving too fast for road conditions. If you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, and look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to over-steer. If you are on ice and skidding in a straight line, step on the clutch or shift to neutral.
7. See and be seen. If it is snowing visibility could be impaired. It may be hard to see other drivers on the road and it may be hard for them to see you. Make sure you always drive with your headlights on.
8. Be extremely cautious when approaching highway maintenance vehicles such as snow plows and salt or sand trucks. These vehicles can throw snow up into the air and could make it difficult to see while driving. Make sure you maintain a safe following distance.
For more information, see Learn How to Drive for the Conditions.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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