Commuting to work or going to another neighbourhood in the city during the snowy weather, you need to take a look at the following winter driving safety tips:
- Prefer staying home and only go out if it’s really necessary. No matter if you are an expert in driving in bad weather, it’s always a good idea to avoid taking unnecessary risks by heading out in extreme weather conditions.
- Always be a slow driver. Bring your speed down for better traction when driving on a slippery surface covered in snow or ice. It will also help you to control the steering wheel in a better way and avoid skids.
- Don’t rush on a traffic light. Since low visibility is another big challenge, take your time and slow down for a red light. Take it one of the most important winter driving safety precautions.
Note: It usually takes longer for a vehicle to come to a complete halt on icy roads because of lower traction.
- Maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. A distance of about five to six seconds. Since it usually takes longer than usual for your vehicle to stop on a slippery surface, keep a safe distance between your car and the car so you have time to apply breaks and avoid a collision.
- Don’t bring your car to a full stop unless you have to. It has been noticed that tyres start to skid once you try accelerating your car again after bringing it to a complete stop. If there is a possibility that you can keep your tyres rolling at an extremely slow speed until the traffic turns green, then go for it. Make sure you have everything in control to keep yourself and others safe on the road.