Tips For Driving In The Snow – Avoid Ending Up Like Frosty The Snowman

Here are tips for driving in the snow. If you want to avoid looking like Frosty the Snowman while taking a trip to the grocery store, you will want to be armed with these suggestions on how to drive in the snow without a side, slipping trip to the ditch.
Let’s face it; there is nothing more frustrating than driving through the snow with poor visibility and suddenly you hit a slipper spot on the road and the next thing you know you are spinning out of control. And, it’s downright scary being out of control with your vehicle and you end up finding yourself hood to hood with another vehicle.
A more pleasant thought is that of sipping hot chocolate by a fire, watching the snow fall from the warmth of your home. So, by all means if you don’t have to go out in the snow, don’t.
That is probably the best tip for driving in the snow.
However…
It maybe not always the most practical tip but definitely the safest.
If you absolutely must go out, here are some other tips for driving in the snow to help you and your family reach your destination safely.
*Slow down. It is important to slow the speed of your driving down in snowy conditions. Everything on your car slows down in snowy weather like turning, accelerating, and stopping all take longer so you will want to slow your speed down.
Driving fast in the snow is one of the main causes of accidents during winter driving.
*Leave more room. In normal driving conditions you should leave 2 – 3 car lengths in front of you. In winter, snowy conditions you should leave double the space because you want that extra room if you should need to stop suddenly. Give yourself space in case you lose control and begin skidding.
*Recovering from a skid. If your vehicle goes into a skid, do not accelerate; remove your foot from the gas pedal. Where you want the front of the vehicle to go is where you want to steer, steer into the skid. If this causes your backend to skid in the other direction, gently steer toward that side bringing your car back into control.
*Braking. Most cars have anti-lock brake systems today, which should be applied with, steady, even pressure. Do not pump your brakes if you have ABS. If you have a standard brake system, gently pump the brakes until the car comes to a stop.
*Hills. As you approach a hill, keep a steady even pace as you begin climbing the hill. Do not try to charge the hill as this will cause the wheels to spin. Don’t stop mid-way up the hill as trying to find the traction to begin the cars acceleration is going to be near impossible.
These tips for driving in the snow may help you avoid oncoming ditches or worse yet, oncoming traffic. Wishing you safe driving during the cold winter months.

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