Tip For Winter Driving
Wait till main roads have been plowed after a storm. Try to avoid rush hour if at all possible.
Make sure your vehicle has winter tires in good condition this will ensure maximum traction for your safety and the vehicles around you.
You should practice manoeuvres in public vacant parking lots in early morning hours if possible to get a feel for what your car will be like on ice. Being able to control your car when you are sliding will be of great benefit to you later
Driving on Slippery roads
Top up your windshield washer before you leave home if roads are messy to keep your windshield clear during your commute
Carrying extra clothes winter gloves is a good idea when travelling on winter roads in case you end up off the road and have to wait for help.
Make sure your lights are on, if they are not automatic.
Decrease speed, very important drive slower than posted speed on bad roads.
Allow 3 to 4 times the normal distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Break gently try not to skid otherwise you will lose control of your staring.
Use low gears on hills this will get your engine to slow you down this will reduce some of the breaking you will need to do.
Forget your cruise control.
Bridges and overpasses freeze at different temperatures than roads on grade. Watch out for black ice and slippery conditions when the temperature is below zero.
Passing snow ploughs and sanding trucks can be very dangerous you should let them do their job and not pass unless conditions are very good ahead of them
For Rear Wheel Sliding
Remove your foot from the gas pedal.
Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
If your rear wheels are sliding the opposite way then move the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get the vehicle under control.
Pump standard brakes gently don’t panic.
ABS brakes work differently than standard brakes there was no need to pump them simply hold your foot on the break and you will feel a pulsing which is normal this will help to slow down your vehicle and give control back to the driver
For Front Wheel Sliding
Put your vehicle in neutral while removing your foot from the gas pedal and avoid steering momentarily.
How’s your vehicle slide your winter tires will start to give your vehicle traction then steer in the direction you want to go once you have regained control put your beautiful back and drive and continue
When you start to spin and you are not moving stop spinning you are just trading ice.
Turn your front wheels side to side to try to clear some ice from your front tires.
If you were not putting yourself in danger use a shovel if you have with you or nearby and try to dig some snow from around the wheels and undercarriage.
Gently push the gas and see if there is any difference.
If no difference you should now trying to rocking you vehicle. This is accomplished by gently pushing your gas every time you feel you are at the peak of the hole you are stuck in. Each time you should rock more and more if doing correctly finally freeing yourself.
Sand and pea gravel are great to throw under your wheels if they are handy.
Disclaimer – The above instructions Should be used with your common sense and situation and we cannot therefore take any liability for using these helpful hints for safe winter driving.