Winter can be fun especially for children. However, for adults and teens who have to drive during snowstorms, it can be everything but fun. Driver education classes tend to gloss over a lot of the difficulties that come with winter driving.
According to Tim O’Neil, the founder of Team O’Neil, a rally-driving school in Dalton, N.H., a lot of drivers drive recklessly during the winter months. People who have been driving for decades can still make mistakes on snowy roads.
Experts say that the biggest issue is speed. Also, people not gaging when to start pressing on their breaks before coming to a complete stop. Below are a few tips to avoid some of the dangers that come with driving in the winter.
Winter Driving Tips
Some snow can be more slippery than others.
Varying temperature can determine the number of grip one’s tires will have in the snow. Warm snow tends to be weaker, so tired have more over a difficult time gripping the snow.
Though on dry pavement cars can come to a sudden halt, the results will not be the same on slippery surfaces.
In the winter time, you have to drive way smoother than you would during summer months. If not, then you may find yourself losing grip and sliding everywhere.
On snowy roads, it is best to ease into a stop.
Four-wheel drive isn’t always best in winter months.
Many people overestimate how well their vehicle will drive, especially those with all-wheel drive. The cars give them a false sense of confidence, more so during winter months.
Watch out for tires that are all-season.
It is better to use winter tires than all-season tires because the rubber on the winter tires is more pliable. However, the softer compound on the winter tires doesn’t last long.