How much do you know about driving in winter conditions? It’s not unusual to get some snow, ice, or both here in Sedalia. Here are four refresher tips to help keep you safe and soundly on the road this winter driving season.
- Know How To Skid: Knowing how to handle a skid when you hit ice can be lifesaving. Most all vehicles these days have antilock brakes, which means the advice to pump your breaks is outdated. Slamming on your brakes is also a bad idea. Instead, put firm, steady pressure on your brakes the way you would if you were approaching a stop sign. As you step on your brakes, turn your steering wheel into the direction of the skid.
- Give It Time: When it comes to winter driving conditions, extra time is everything. Be sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destination (double the amount in bad conditions). Go a slower, manageable speed and give yourself more time and space between you and other cars on the road.
- Watch The Roads: We all know that bridges ice before the roads, but there are other winter warnings you should know. Pay attention to places in the road where runoff is an issue; that puddle could actually be ice. Also be cautious as night falls and the temperature drops, as well as in the morning when roads have been untraveled (and thus cooled off) during the nighttime hours. Both scenarios can cause icy roads.
- Consider Snow Tires: Snow tires aren’t just for snow; they give your car or truck extra grip even on ice. While they’re initially an investment, they can last several years since you only keep them on your car during the winter. They can provide more confidence for anyone who has to be out on the road despite weather conditions.
Even if you’re a pro in the winter weather, make sure you prepare new drivers for winter conditions. Take your teen driver out to an empty parking lot on a stormy day and let them experience how it feels to hit snow or ice. Practicing in a controlled environment can give a driver confidence when winter weather hits the roads, and that confidence can save lives.
At Bryant Motors, we’re here to help make sure that your vehicle is winter ready. Continue reading our blog for winter vehicle maintenance tips and how to make an emergency kit for your car. Contact us today for routine service, brake work or even new car sales–a Jeep in winter is always a good idea!