You love the winter, right? Snuggling up by the fire, sipping hot cocoa, impromptu snowball fights in the front yard. Driving on icy, slippery roads probably isn’t one of the things you love about the wintertime, though. Brush up on your winter driving tips so that you don’t skid off the road next time you head out on an icy, chilly morning.
If it’s been snowing or if there’s ice on the road, chances are that road salt will be used. Wait until the snow plows have cleared the streets and the salting and sanding crews have worked their magic. You shouldn’t be on the road until the pros have made it safe to drive.
You should never drive in icy conditions if your tires don’t have enough grip. You should have a tread that’s at least 6/32 inches deep. Love your high performance tires during the summertime? They’re not going to cut it in the snow, and neither are all-weather tires. Invest in winter tires if you plan to be on the road a lot between November and March.
Sometimes, you have no choice but to slam on your brakes. Luckily, this is what antilock brakes were intended for. Once you push down hard on your brakes, keep your foot there and don’t lift it off until you know you’re safe. The trick is to not over-steer. You may think you have to steer a lot, but really, a little will go a long way. The reason why you don’t want to over-steer is because when you get your car back in control, it’ll be facing the same direction as your front wheels. If you steer too much, you could be in the opposite direction of where you want to go.
If the roads look slick but you can’t actually spot any ice, chances are it’s black ice. Always just assume the roads are slippery if they look like they are. Gently apply your brake to easily and safely make it over the black ice. Remember, steer just a little, not a lot.
Have you found a route that you like to take to the grocery store or work during the wintertime? Stick to this route every time you head to your destination. You’ll get used to trouble spots and know how to avoid them. Driving on a route that you know well is the best way to stay out of an accident.