Winter driving tips

December 26th, 2012 by admin

•First and foremost, if you don’t have to go out, don’t.

• If you must drive during a winter
storm, turn on your low beams, which
provide better illumination in snow than
high beams.

• Do not use cruise control on slick, icy or
wet roads.

• Slow down. Posted speed limits are set for
ideal driving conditions.

• Go easy on starts, turns and stops.

Don’t brake hard in icy or snowy
conditions. Use threshold braking by
applying brakes fi rmly just short of wheel
lockup then ease off  the brake pedal
slightly. Press down fi rmly again until you
stop. Applying steady pressure is better
than pumping the brakes. If your car has
antilock brakes, the process is diff erent.
Press firmly and do not let up. Four-wheel
drive vehicles can be safer in slippery
conditions, but they don’t stop any faster
than other cars.

• Anticipate potential danger such as icy
bridges or drifting snow. Remember,
bridges tend to freeze before the roads do.

• Leave more room between your car and
other vehicles on the road.

• If you go into a skid, do not panic.
Ease off  the accelerator and don’t lock
up the brakes. Steer in the direction you
want the car to go and then straighten
the wheel when you feel the car grabbing
or moving in the desired direction.