With yet another winter storm upon us for this weekend, Brownstone thought it would be helpful to go over some winter driving tips to help keep you safe during less-than-ideal road conditions.
Of course, the best advice during bad weather is to not drive at all if you can help it. Waiting until after the snow plows and sand trucks have had an opportunity to do their job is the safe thing to do.
Of course, there are situations where one must drive in stormy conditions, so it's helpful to know these tips should you ever find yourself driving during a storm.
Driving on Icy or Snowy Roads
- Drive well below the speed limit and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently and slowly to avoid skidding.
- Keep lights on to increase visibility to passing motorists.
- Never use cruise control on icy roads.
- Bridges, overpasses and on and off ramps require careful driving.
- Do not pass snow plows or sand trucks. These drivers have limited visibility and the road ahead of them is likely far worse than being stuck behind them.
- Don't assume your vehicle or your driving skills can handle all road conditions. Even trucks can get stuck on winter roads.
What to Do if You Skid
- Take your foot off the gas.
- Steer in the direction that your rear wheels are going. If they are skidding left, steer left. If they are skidding right, steer right. You may have to steer left and right a few times before recovering fully.
- If you have standard breaks, pump them gently.
- If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump them. Apply steady pressure. You will feel the brakes pulse as they regain control, but this is normal.
What to Do if You Get Stuck
- Do not spin your wheels. This just digs your car in deeper.
- Turning your wheels from side to side can help move snow away from your tires.
- Gently press the gas to try and ease your car out of the spot.
- If this fails, use a shovel to clear snow away from tires and the underside of the car.
- Pouring sand, kitty litter, gravel or ice melt in the path of your tires can help them gain traction.