Are you planning a winter adventure? If your answer is yes, then you need to keep reading. Driving on a snowy road has its hazards, but we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that we would like to share with you.
- Slow down! Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that everything needs to be done slower in the snow, including accelerating, decelerating, and turning. When the pavement is covered in ice or snow, driving is less predictable, and caution is always crucial.
- Don’t underestimate how long it is going to take you to brake. To ensure you stay in control over your vehicle, make sure you have enough time to stop safely.
- Know your brakes! Most modern cars have anti-lock brake systems, so all you have to do is press the brake pedal as hard as you can, and your car will do the rest for you. Make sure to keep longer following distance between you and the next car.
- All-Wheel Drive doesn’t always make a difference, especially in those spots of black ice, but they won’t help you stop faster than a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicle.
- Just keep going! Try to keep a steady pace around turns, stopping at a stop sign, going up and down hills, and accelerating from a stop. Maintain a smooth, even-keeled speed.
- Before you go anywhere, make sure you are prepared with an emergency kit, nonperishable snacks, blankets, and even an ice scraper.
- If you are planning a long-trip, take a look at your exhaust system. If your exhaust system is clogged with snow, ice, or road debris, you’re at risk of filling the passenger compartment of your vehicle with noxious fumes.
- Keep those headlights clean and bright! Make sure you can illuminate the darkest, twistiest of roads with your lights.
At Auto & Truck Accessories, we have a few accessories that might your winter driving safer and less stressful, such as LED light bars or heated seats. Feel free to drop by Auto & Truck Accessories, or give us a call. Also, Happy New Year from the team at Auto & Truck Accessories!
We are looking forward to sharing another year with you.