Since the mercury in thermometers reached around zero Car-Addicts reminds you some Winter Driving Tips.
Each year, the arrival of cold weather brings snow blocked roads, slowing down the traffic and a series of accidents. Much of this can be avoided, although some situations are unavoidable. You must not forget that you are not alone on the road and you can have problems even if you prepare properly.
Here are some Survival Tips for Winter Driving:
– Before leaving free the car of ice and snow. Otherwise you will throw the snow on the road and other road cars. Remember not to block the adjacent parking lot or highway with the snow that you released from the car.
– Use beam lights continuously. Never run the lights only with position lights or position lights and projectors! Chances are that will not be spotted. Clean the lights with a clean cloth before you hit the road. Make sure all lights work before you hit the road.
– Driving in winter is more tiresome, and the body’s metabolism is slowed down anyway. Give yourself more time for completing a distance on the road in winter time. Do not break the speed limit recommended for bad weather, this might produce a major accident. Increase the distance to the vehicle in front to avoid any unforeseen situation. Try to look ahead “with 30 seconds” and prevent what would be the place where you go over 30 seconds and you calmly dosed side, but think quickly to handle the situation easily.
– Do not forget to make room for snow removal vehicles. Whether slipping material scattered snow or give away, those vehicles should be allowed to pass. Keep a greater distance from them because they could stop without any apparent reason, motorists are more focused on the issue than obstacles in the road ahead.
– Even if the road surface appears to be in good condition, reduce speed near a bridge or an intersection, you might encounter ice surfaces.
– Do not use cruise control system, especially when it rains and temperatures are near freezing point.
– Vehicles with four-wheel drive do not brake better than a single drive axle. Instead, starting is easier.
– If the tires on your vehicle are losing grip, look and turn towards the direction in which you want to go. If you do not see any correction of the path, turn in the direction of the skid and release the throttle. Do not hasten the brakes or the direction. Do not look towards the direction of the skid. If the wheels begin to lose grip when climbing a slope, release the accelerator slightly and then return to the previous level of stress.
– Most cars have ABS. Unfortunately, few drivers know how to use this system to its entire capacity. Whether or not you have ABS, do not hasten the brakes. Constantly press firmly the brake pedal and predominantly use engine braking. Reduce the possible use of the service brake (do not press the brake pedal every time you slow down).
– If you become stranded in the snow, keep calm and do not hasten the vehicle controls. Straighten the wheels and accelerate slowly. Long time not to slip the clutch, because it will increase wear and it will reduce efficiency (high to maneuver carefully to balance the car out of snow, if you fail the first test is shown to push the car). If you still can’t unblock you, apply salt, sand or anti slip mixture under the tracking wheels (in front of them). Be careful not to injure people who come to push your car, the responsibility is yours.
– Keep emergency supplies in your car. It is desirable to have glove, scarf, hat, a windshield scraper, snow brush, a flashlight, a shovel, matches, a candle, a triangle (however it is required), a cell phone, water, food, a blanket. Do not ride with less fuel in the tank (you never know when you are stuck in snow) and make sure the antifreeze is in the right concentration and you have windshield washing liquid for winter.