Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Driving

Snow, sleet, and rain combined with the mercury dropping to the freezing mark can be extremely dangerous for driving. This is why our auto experts have put together this list of do’s and don’ts to ensure that you enjoy your winter drives to the fullest.

Do’s

  • Mind the black ice on roads. It may be almost invisible to the naked eye, but pavements with black ice appear to be darker but duller than other roads.

  • Turn the heat at “defrost” to avoid windows from fogging up. Clean the windows and scrape the windshield completely before setting out.

  • Your wheels may take longer to stop on snowy roads. Therefore, you must drive, turn, and apply brakes gently with sufficient braking distance. Ideally, the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you should be at least three times more than the usual distance.

  • Slow down if you spot brake lights, fishtailing cars, sideways cars, or emergency flashers.

  • Apply brakes gently whenever you approach a patch of ice. However, if you apply brakes when the vehicle is on ice, the vehicle may even skid. In this case, you can steer in the direction you want your car’s front to move by simply easing off the accelerator or brake.

  • Use winter tyres or all-season tyres during winters. If your region experiences moderate winters, then all-season tyres can be installed. Use snow tyres for better traction to drive on snow.

  • Use a winter cleaning solution to fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir. This solution has anti-freeze components that prevent it from freezing.

  • Apply threshold braking technique if your vehicle lacks anti-lock brakes. This can be done by simply squeezing the brake pedal with your toes until the wheels begin to lock. Gradually ease off the pressure and hold it there.

Don’ts

  • Do not change lanes just for the sake of it. This way you may end up putting your life at greater risk because the chances of hitting a patch of ice between lanes increases. It may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

  • Avoid using cruise control while driving on ice-covered roads because the driver should have full control of the vehicle.

  • Parking brakes must not be used when driving because they can then spin your vehicle.

  • Trucks and other heavy vehicles take longer to stop. Therefore, avoid overtaking them unless you have sufficient distance to do so.

  • Do not warm up your vehicle in an enclosed space. You can instead drive slow for the first few metres.

Driving during the winter season will surely not be a scary prospect if you take proper precautions. The above tips will help you drive safe and also make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top condition and ready for the winter. However, if you still need expert help, you may visit North East Tyre Services garage for new tyres, MOT, wheel alignment, etc. and drive smoothly in frigid winters.

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