Winter Driving Tips For New Drivers

We know that there are certain driving hazards in the winter season, and to cope up with the same – We have prepared this easy tips, tricks and techniques guide to help you safely drive in the winter season, no matter the circumstances. 

Dark Secret – Everything is upto you and your driving skills. 

  • You should have the ability to see and be seen 

Before beginning your journey, you should clean all the ice and snow that has been accumulated on your reflectors, lights, outside mirrors, windows and windshield. You should also take care that your car is well equipped with good windshield wiper blades. Please make sure that the wiper arms of your windshield wiper blades are exerting enough pressure on the blades for a clean and fast sweep. Also, do clean your windshield if ice or moisture builds on it during your driving. 

  • Tires 

To help you with good handling and cornering on slippery roads, you should have tires with good deep treads as your travel companion. You should also maintain the recommended pressure by your car manufacturer by checking the pressure of the tires frequently and regularly. 

  • You should get the feel of the road

You should always, always remember this: You should always gently press the accelerator of your car or try the brakes of your vehicle while driving and adjust the speed of the vehicle according to the conditions that exist. 

Tip – if you want to reduce traction on snow and ice greatly, then this helps as it rises the temperature of your vehicle. 

  • Structure your following distance

Do you know that driving your vehicle in the winter season can increase your stopping distances approximately 3 times to 12 times? If you are a smart driver (which I assume that you are) then you can increase the following distance on a normal try road also. 

You should also know that the heavy trucks demand longer stopping distances as compared to passenger cars on slippery roads. You should never compare these both on the same parameter on any given road,  especially slippery roads. 

  • Break before curve 

Almost all the vehicles that we have known till date are specifically sensitive to over breaking,  over steering and overpowering on curves. The hazards which cannot be seen around the bend on the road may require quick, instant and impulsive action from your end. Therefore you should constantly keep a check on the speed in the turning process of your vehicle + you should turn your steering wheel smoothly and slowly. You should also pump the brakes of your vehicle carefully, whenever it is adequate and necessary to stop or slow down your vehicle. 

  • Intersections 

You should be very, very carefully and be extra cautious at intersections where the snow banks on the road can greatly reduce visibility. 

  • Pump your breaks 

Here is a little secret that I want to tell you – If you want to stop your vehicle with full control on slippery surfaces, then you should avoid locking the wheels of your vehicle. A quick pumping of brakes will allow you some short intervals for rolling and breaking, which will eventually provide you to maintain the control over your steering while stopping your vehicle. With air brakes, the system of your vehicle does not release and apply as quickly as with electric brakes or hydraulic brakes. 

  • Watch for reduced clearances

The cause of these are accumulated ice or snow. 

Please check this article for more tips

You should definitely contact us if you want to learn driving in car in the worst weather of the winter season. 

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