Jan 05 2015

Top 4 Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving is an inherently stressful act, and this is particularly true here in Vancouver, where you never can tell what Mother Nature’s going to send our way next. While it’s advised to stay home in inclement weather when possible, you can’t always miss work, school, or an important appointment. Here are some winter driving tips to take into account, courtesy of Kirmac Collision & Autoglass.

1. Slow it Way Down

Yse, it sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised by just how many winter driving accidents could be avoided if speed wasn’t a factor to begin with. There’s simply no “right” speed to travel when the roads are slick with snow and ice, so travel cautiously at a speed to match conditions, regardless of what the posted speed limit signs say.

2. Leave Sufficient Space Between Your Car and the One in Front of You

Studies show that it takes between four and ten times longer to stop on slick roads than it does in sunny, dry conditions. That’s why it is critical that you leave two or three times as much space as normal between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

3. Ensure Your Tires Are in Good Condition

Even the most careful drivers are likely to lose control if their vehicle’s tires are worn. Make sure you have adequate tread on your tires long before winter weather hits. Check all four tires and replace tires if needed prior to the season’s first snowfall.

4. Brake, Rather Than Skid

If your vehicle doesn’t already boast an anti-lock brake system, you may find that you gain better traction whil braking by pumping the brakes, or rapidly hitting them again and again. Not only will doing so improve your tire traction on the roadway, but it also improves control and helps reduce skidding at the same time.