The warm weather has finally passed and in its place has come the wonderful winter cold. (Well, to some of us wonderful) Whether or not you like the cold weather is a fine string of debate that shares a common caution: driving.
Driving in the winter weather is entirely different than the counterpart of warm joyrides. This is all the more reason to take proper precautions to make sure that when you do need to travel, you do so safely. Consider the following when making your trips in the cold to maximize your safety:
If it snows take the time to thoroughly clear your vehicle off. This means brushing the snow off of all visible areas. Take the time to inspect closely the windshield wiper blades on account of the fact that these sometimes freeze in place. Visibility is essential when driving out in winter conditions.
This is something you need to take into consideration from two points of perspective: acceleration as well as overall speed. When you accelerate you should do so very gradually to avoid causing tires to slip and spin out.
As for overall speed…it’s a given that in this weather you should try to keep your speed down and your observation high. Traction will not be nearly as strong if you are traveling at a higher speed.
This could very well be a newly introduced term, but pulse break, or to better explain it, tap your breaks as opposed to stomping on the break pedal. This will allow your car to gradually slow down and avoid losing sudden control of it.
The idea of a “pulse” break would be a tap-tap kind of approach to the break pedal. It’s all in contribution to maximizing the control you have over your vehicle.
There is one shared point in winter weather and it’s this: prepare for the unexpected. While there are several things you can do to try and prevent the challenged and tribulations that come from Jack Frost, there are never any pure foolproof prevention techniques. Give yourself a fair amount of space between yourself and other motorists due to the following:
While you can only control your own personal actions on the road the benefit to this is that in a lot of ways you will be able to control a lot of possible dangers.
In some conditions you simply have to decide it’s not the day for travel. It could be very exciting plans that you may be missing, but between your own personal health, and the health of your vehicle, sometimes you just need to skip.
The wintertime is the harshest time of the year for travel. It’s for this very reason that taking the extra precaution for safety should be a top priority. If you must travel, travel informed, and travel safe. You can learn more information at Innovative Surface Solutions.
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