Winter is the season of beautiful landscapes as the snow covers the earth but this also comes with a problem for all the drivers, as roads transform into winter wonderland. Winter season becomes a challenge for vehicles on roads and drivers need to take extra caution while driving on the road. It is advisable to check weather data to know the weather conditions before you are going out of your house.
This is a simple guide for all drivers to drive better in winter conditions.
Drive Slow and Steady
If you are driving in winter you need to drive slowly as snow and ice can increase your stopping distance significantly. You should maintain a distance of three times the usual distance between you and the car in front of you.
This will give your vehicle some extra distance to slow down and stop if the tyers lose their grip on the road.
Check Your Tyers Regularly
In winter most of the accident happens due to faulty weather and the main culprits are the tyers. You should regularly check the tyers’ pressure and their grip as the snow on the road makes them slip while we apply breaks.
It is advised to change your tyres if they are worn out and their grips become uneven, you should not take any chance as these tyers can cost your life.
You should avoid sudden breaking, this can make your car skid on icy roads, if you have a habit of applying sudden breaking you should change it and apply your brake gently which will keep your car in control on icy roads.
The Ice on the road can also affect the ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) so you should make a habit of pressing the brake paddle gently.
Be Prepared for Fog
While driving on the road fog can become an issue as it obstructs your clear vision. You should make sure your fog lamps are properly working and you don’t feel an obstruction while driving.
Be Mindful of Black Ice
Black ice is another problem in winter, as it becomes completely invisible and slippery. Take preventive measures while driving on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first because of the temperature in these areas.
If you notice any shiny surface on road it could be black ice, you should reduce your speed as and keep your vehicle totally in your control.
Be Ready with an Emergency Kit
While you are driving in winter you should have an emergency kit in your car, you never know when any unexpected thing can happen. You should have a first aid box, a flashlight, blankets, extra clothing and some non-perishable snacks. You should also have some sand in a bag in winter if you are stuck in snow.
Driving in the winter season requires extra caution and care you should be ready for all situations as anything can happen on the road while you are driving. You should follow the above tips like slowing down, checking your tyers, applying brakes gently, making your car ready for fog, taking caution for black ice and having an emergency kit ready in your car for any unexpected situations.
By following these steps you can be extra safe while driving on the road in this winter season so stay safe and ensure others safety as well this winter!