Driving a car in winter conditions requires more attention and poses special challenges for people and vehicles. In order to be on the road safely, you should pay attention to a few points.
Before going out on the road
- Ensure that your winter tires have sufficient tread pattern. The absolute lower limit is 2/32 inch.
- Check your vehicle for frost protection, oil, coolant, and brake fluid. Check the car battery and lights.
- Before you leave, carefully remove the snow from your car – including the roof, hood, and rear section – so that you do not endanger the following traffic.
- Make sure you have a clear view. Use a hand brush and ice scraper to remove snow and ice from all windows and do not forget the exterior mirrors. A “peephole” alone is not enough.
- Start earlier than usual if the weather conditions deteriorate. So you have enough time buffer for unforeseen events.
On the highway in snow and ice
- Be sure to adjust your speed and get off the gas. When there are snow and ice on the road, the driving conditions change massively: the braking distance becomes longer and the grip of your tires decreases.
- Increase the distance to the vehicle in front of you.
- The braking distance in snow and ice on the road increases many times over. While your vehicle needs around 180 feet to brake on dry roads and at a speed of 60 mph, it needs around 600 feet on snow and even 1800 feet on ice.
- Avoid abrupt steering, driving and braking maneuvers.
- Steer and brake with foresight and feeling.
This equipment should not be missing in any car in winter.
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