Winter driving is one of those things that takes some preparation. Not everyone is geared up to be able to drive during all weather conditions that winter has to throw at us. Sheridan Ford wants to make sure that you have a safe driving experience even when the weather is not being so cooperative.
One of the number one mistakes that people make when it comes to driving is doing so when they are tired. So many of us are guilty of it. We think that we are just a little tired and that we will be fine. This mindset is not the safest one to have for you or the drivers around you. Winter conditions can make that even more of a hazard. You need to make sure that you get enough sleep regardless when you are getting behind the wheel but even moreso when you are going to be taking on winter roads.
Some other tips for preparing for even driving during winter are to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. You also never want to mix the types of tires that you have on your vehicle with regular and radial tires.
When it comes to your gas tank, you want to make sure that there is always at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle at all times to avoid gas line freeze up. I have to admit that I am one of those people that waits until the very last minute to put gas in my car when it becomes low. When I heard this tip, I knew that I was doing it all wrong!
The next couple of the tips I have for you seem like everyone should know them, but you would be surprised how many people don’t. You should avoid using your parking brake in any weather that is cold, rainy or snowy. Cruise control should also be avoided in these types of weather where there can be slippery surfaces.
Driving in the snow is one of those things that you don’t just take on naturally. Knowing what to do is so important to make sure that you are successful. Follow these steps for being able to drive efficiently in the snow. Not everyone has to do this all the time so knowing just these small tips can help.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Drive slowly and give yourself time to maneuver your vehicle.
- Following distance should be increased from 3-4 seconds to 8-10 seconds to give yourself time to brake and stop.
- Knowing the brakes on your vehicle will definitely help as well. You need to know whether you have anti-lock brakes or not. You will need to keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply the pressure to the brake pedal.
- If you can help it, don’t stop completely. Slowing down just enough to give the light time to change before you get to it can be a huge help in icy conditions versus stopping completely and trying to apply gas to move from a complete stop.
- Applying extra gas to get up hills can make for your tires to start spinning, so try not to power up those hills. Try to get a little bit of speed up before getting to the hill and let that guide you to the top. You can than go down the hill as slow as possible.
- Also when it comes to hills, DO NOT stop going up a hill .
- The best tip for winter driving, especially if it is really nasty out, is just simply to stay home if you can. There is no need to take the risk if there is no need to go out in winter weather. Also if you do not know how to drive well when it comes to snow, let someone else drive you that does.
I hope these have been helpful with the winter weather that is going to be upon us before we know it!