8 Easy Tips to Survive Winter Driving

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8 Easy Tips to Survive Winter Driving

Samantha Suarez
DECEMBER 18, 2016

 

Driving during the winter will test the limits of even the most skilled and attentive driver. Heavy snow can reduce visibility, and slippery roads can send your car sliding off in random directions with no notice. We recently showed you how to prepare your car for winter before you leave your driveway - but there are even more challenges to commuting in the winter once you actually hit the road! So without further ado: here are eight easy tips to help you survive winter driving:

 

1. While driving, accelerate and break as smoothly as possible.

Remember: Tires lose their grip more easily on slippery roads. When you apply the gas slowly to accelerate, you avoid skidding and can readily regain traction. Also, take more time to slow down for stop lights since it takes longer to decelerate on icy roads. In short, don't be in such a hurry to get anywhere during this time of year! Even vehicles with all-wheel drive should practice caution. AWD systems only provide extra traction when accelerating, not while braking.

 
Gezon Motors blog - Tips for Winter Driving

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2. Drive slowly and increase the margin of safety between you and other vehicles.

 

As we said, it's harder to control or stop your vehicle on icy or snowy surfaces. When you're on the road, increase the following distance between you and other cars to make sure you have plenty of time to stop between stop lights or during emergency situations where you need to slow down suddenly. On a side note: Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface

  

3. Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times!

There's no bigger pain in the butt than running out of gas in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by piles and piles of snow. Plus, you'll also avoid gas line freeze-up this way.

  

4. Remove ice and snow from your vehicle's hood, roof, and windows before you begin your drive.

By doing this, you improve visibility - and what could be more important than seeing well when you're on the road? On top of this, other drivers won't have to dodge chunks of ice that become airborne as you're driving down the highway. Just be sure to use a brush with soft bristles, so you don't scratch your car's paint. While you're at it, use winter-grade windshield cleaner, which is specially formulated not to freeze, even at crazy cold temperatures. You'll be one lean, mean, all-seeing machine!

 

5. Keep an eye out for weather reports before long-distance drives

Delay trips if bad weather is expected. If you absolutely have to go somewhere, let others know your route, destination, and estimated time of arrival. Otherwise, just stay home! If you don't really need to leave when the weather is severe, why tempt fate? Even if you do drive well in the snow, others may not. Just enjoy the snow from indoors!

 

6. Watch out for snow plows!

Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and a limited field-of-vision - so don't crowd it or drive beside it. When driving behind one, don't follow it too closely or you may end up with a cracked windshield from flying pebbles. Why overtake them either, since the road in front of it is probably more treacherous? Just let the dang truck do its job!

 

8. Pack an emergency supply kit to leave in your car.

We mentioned this in a previous blog post, but it's so important that we'll say it again. Emergencies on the road are extra stressful and dangerous during the winter, so make sure to have the following stashed in the trunk of your car:

  • A car charger for your cell phone (in case you need to call AAA!)
  • A first-aid kit
  • Road flares
  • Water
  • Food with long shelf life
  • An extra set of warm clothes
  • A blanket (heated, preferably)
  • A tire jack and sealant
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Tubes of sand for extra grip if your tires get stuck in the snow. You can get these at hardware stores.
 

7. Consider a roadside assistance membership

Follow this winter driving survival guide and hopefully when you're out on the road, you'll feel like Queen Elsa and say, "the cold never bothered me anyway."

For more tips on how to winterize your vehicle, read these "7 Simple Ways to Prep Your Car for Winter." ■


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