Driving in the snow is very unpredictable, and even experienced drivers can have difficulty driving in the snow. Your best bet is to avoid driving in the snow if you can help it. However, if you have to drive in the snow here are some tips that will help you stay on the road.
Check your tire treads
Tire tread depth should be at least 6/32 of an inch deep. New tires usually have a tread depth of 10/32 of an inch. High-performance summer tires have very little grip on snow, and all-season tires aren’t a guarantee for good traction. Snow/winter tires are designed for better traction, and are a good investment if you live in an area that sees heavy snow in the winter.
Take steps to ensure that you’ll be able to see and that others can see you when you’re out on the road. Replace old wiper blades, and replace old wiper fluid with deicing fluid. Use a water-shedding material on the outside of windows and mirrors. Clean the inside of the windows to get rid of debris which can collect condensation. To remove condensation, use the defroster. Clear your headlights and taillights of snow and make sure none of your lights are out.
Braking efficiently can be the difference between an accident and a near miss. According to edmunds.com, “Your goal is to have the tires producing maximum grip regardless of whether the surface is snow, ice or damp pavement.” If you have anti-lock brakes, stomp on the pedal as hard as you can, keep your foot down, and steer around the obstacle. On roads with heavy ice or snow, ease up on the pedal once you feel it start to pulse until the pulsing happens once a second. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, push the brake until the wheels stop rolling, then release briefly to let the wheels begin rolling again, then push the brake again and repeat this sequence.
We’ll be back next week with more tips for driving safely in the snow. In the meantime, here’s a video that underscores the importance of safe driving in the snow.
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