Edmunds.com’s article “Driving Cars in the Snow and on Icy Roads: 10 Safety Tips” may help keep you safe while driving your car this winter season. Here are some of the most important tips:
Use snow tires. Look for the “snowflake on the mountain” icon on the sidewall to make sure that you are using snow tires on your cars. Some all-season tires may not provide cars with enough traction in heavy snow. Always make sure snow tires are properly inflated.
Maximize visibility. Clean windows thoroughly, apply water-shedding material to windows and mirrors, replace windshield wiper blades, have windshield washer fluid replaced by anti-icing fluid, and keep headlights and taillights on and clear of snow and ice.
Run the air conditioner: To remove condensation and frost from the windows, turn your car’s air conditioner on – even if you set the temperature to “hot” – and choose the fresh air option.
Stop efficiently with anti-lock brakes: If you have antilock brakes and must stop suddenly, stomp, stay and steer: Stomp on the pedal, stay hard on the pedal and steer around the obstacle. You’ll feel and hear the pulses of the system working. On slippery surfaces, ease up slightly until the pulsing only happens about once per second.
Stop efficiently without anti-lock brakes: On a slippery road, push the brake pedal hard until the wheels stop rolling, then immediately release the brake enough to allow the wheels to begin turning again. Repeat this sequence rapidly. This is not the same as “pumping the brake.”
Prepare for the tough spots. Icy patches tend to occur on bridges, at intersections and wherever water runs across the road. Just like a race car driver awaiting a sharp turn, be ready for the potential danger at predictable spots.
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