Whether you spend the summer waiting for the first snowfall so you can hightail it for the slopes, or whether you’re a beach bum who soaks up every bit of the summer sun, it’s important to know how to drive safely in snow. And since the winter months are officially upon us, we though it would be a good time to post some tips about how to deal with the white stuff. So let’s have a quick refresh about how to drive safely in snow!
Driving with faulty brakes or worn-out brake pads in the winter is no laughing matter. It’s also a good idea to think of the brakes as an extension of your body. You want to know them like the back of your hands. The more in sync you are with the time it takes to slow down and how quickly you can come to an emergency short stop, the more apt you’ll be to drive safely in snow.
Don’t pump your brakes. Ever. At least on slippery surfaces, don’t do this. Use light pressure only. If you are driving down a steep slope and are scared, just remember to do this, even though you’re natural instinct is to panic and pump: practice control. It’s a key part of how you train yourself to drive safely in snow.
When you get to bridges and overpasses, remember to use caution. You don’t necessarily have to use your brakes, but you don’t want to speed up. Because bridges and overpasses often freeze before lower surfaces (hence, the warning signs), one effective safe winter driving technique you can do is to simply take your foot off the accelerator when you travel over them. Tah-dah!
Winter Care Pack
Bundle up! Just as important as your winter gloves and extra layers of clothes, your car needs wintry accessories. In those brutal frostbitten New England mornings, for instance, only a fool would be found without an ice scraper handy. You’d be wicked sorry not to have it prior to that morning commute. Also a portable shovel couldn’t hurt. This is for those times when the snow piles up like magic outside the office and you have to put in a little muscle to dig yourself out.
While you’re at it, top off those fluids. Start with the basics: anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid. Then of course there are always other considerations. Like snow tires and complete winterize-your-car packages. If you want to give your car the royal treatment, bring it in for the whole nine yards. You can schedule service online with us here today. This way you’ll be able to be fully present for the season’s greatest outdoor activities.