Drive Safely in the Severe Winter Weather With These 5 Tips
It’s never too late in the season to learn, or be reminded of, how to stay safe on the road. Here are some drive safely in the severe winter weather tips to get you through to the spring.
When severe weather is threatening, or road conditions are deteriorating quickly, simply stay home. Or if you are on the road, get to a hotel, grab some food and watch some television. At last postpone your travel until road crews have had a chance to low and sand and salt on the road.
Get proper tires
Another drive safely in the severe winter weather tips is to buy winter tires. Yes, they are expensive but likely less costly than a car accident. Summer tires get harder in the cold and lost the ability to grip. Winter tires are designed to grip the road in the cold giving you much needed traction and control. And when you buy winter tires, buy all four of the ones with the snowflake on the mountain symbol are best.
If you don’t live in areas with regular winter weather, you can probably stick with all season radials, but they need to be in excellent condition.
Get Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ESC pauses your car when it starts to slide. It works poorly when you are driving too fast, driving on snow, or your tires are worn down, so think about becoming a better driver, too.
Learn how to catch a skid
For a front-tire skid, simply release the accelerator, leave your hands where they are and let the car slow down. If you try to turn, or slam on the brakes, nothing good will happen but something bad could if the traction comes back.
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