Five Great Winter Driving Tips
Once you notice that the mercury in your thermometer is already dropping, you know that snow is about to fall. Apparently, when it’s already that time of the year, some car owners seem to be like ‘newbie drivers in the snow’ again – even if they were doing just fine by the end of last year’s winter season.
So, if you are courageous enough to admit that you’re one of them, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. As a matter of fact, we’re here to help you breeze through it yet again; or rather, we’re here to help you be better in winter driving. Because you (and your passengers’) safety is our utmost concern, our team of car removal and auto recycling experts here at Rapid Car Removal has actually pulled together a list of safe driving tips especially under hazardous, slippery, and icy road conditions.
Now whether you’re just going to the city or heading off to the mountains, as your trusted vehicle removal and cash for cars Melbourne company, we ought to share with you 5 of the great driving tips you should follow when driving during the winter:
Prepare before you travel.
Heading off to drive during the winter with zero preparations is like going into war without any kind of weapon. It’s simply risky. So make sure you and your car are absolutely ready for any kind of winter disaster. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t miss:
- Make sure you use winter tyres or if your budget won’t allow you, just ensure that your tyres have perfectly deep treads. Check the tyre pressure as well.
- Keep your wiper blades and windshield washer fluid in check.
- Have your gas tank topped up, or at least half full.
- Make sure all your lights are working.
- Have an emergency kit that’s suitable for the winter. Meaning, it must be packed with gloves, a small shovel, hat, coat, lighter, and snow chains.
- Plan your route ahead especially if you’re going to a place you’ve never been to before.
- Check for weather updates.
Focus and do smart maneuvers.
One disadvantage of driving in winter is the danger of black ice – the thin layer of ice on the road’s surface that’s quite impossible to see and detect. And because you have limited traction, you have to be smart and quick in your driving decisions. Do your best to do the steering, braking, and accelerating one at a time. Avoid making sharp turns and sudden stops because these will make your car slide on the ice. Maintain slow speeds and try to just steer when you’re going around a corner. In a nutshell, you must remember to do everything slowly and surely. Also, never tailgate. Drivers will surely take some time before they actually stop, so must make the necessary distance to avoid collision.
Keep your goal in sight.
In relation to our 2nd tip, you must try your best not to get distracted, especially when a sudden snow storm comes while you’re driving. It’s always best if you keep in mind where you want to be or where you want to go. For example, when drivers are confronted with an unexpected slide (which you should expect because it’s common in winter driving), they end up fixating on an object on the side of the road and eventually, the car heads towards that object. So if you if you want to handle an unexpected slide well, you should keep calm and focused. Concentrate on the right driving procedures to do so you’ll stay on the right track.
Use your lights.
As a standard safety rule, regardless of what time of the day it is, it’s best if you use all the necessary vehicle lights. Use your signal lights whenever you change lanes and make turns. When driving under poor visibility, you should use your low beam headlights and fog lamps so as not to distract oncoming motorists in the opposite lane. And if you’re forced to stop at any time, make sure that you turn on your hazard lights.
Be wise in using your car’s safety systems.
Not all safety driving systems are advantageous in ALL conditions. Sometimes, they have positive and negative impacts, depending on the situation. Your car’s ABS is there to keep your wheels from locking up when you brake really hard. However, if road surfaces are slippery from ice and snow, you may need to adjust your braking distance before you really come to a stop.
Furthermore, your traction control’s there to prevent your tyres from spinning faster. At times, especially during winter, a faster kind of wheel spin is beneficial so you could cut through the top layer of the snow and finding grip on the road. Thus, you must know what adjustments you have to make in terms of your ‘usual driving habits’.
Getting to your destination safe and sound even through winter conditions can indeed be a challenge. But if you’ll be able to take the necessary precautions such as what we’ve shared here with you, it shouldn’t be that difficult. So don’t make the weather condition an excuse to not drive and go where you want to. All you need to remember is take extra care and be defensive at all times.
Do you have a car that’s been badly damaged because of a winter road accident? Or your vehicle has suffered from poor summer and winter maintenance? Well, whatever your case may be, we has got your covered! We are a trusted car removal Melbourne company that’s reputable for providing top cash for your cars regardless of their age, model, brand, and condition. So if you’re looking to get fast, easy, and free junk car removal services, Rapid Car Removal is the name to trust! Call us now!