Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 3)

Okay, so this is the finale post on the snow driving tips. If you haven’t already, catch up on Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 1) and Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 2).

Try your best to be seen.

Aside from the winter tires, another important safety feature is the windshield wipers. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced it, time to get a new set. Clear the snow blocking your way through a specialized wiper. Be sure to get one that is adequate for the winter.

The windshield washer system also needs to work, and the screen wash fluid should have anti-icing capabilities. Buy a liquid solution that has the properties to remove any frost and condensation.

Also, take time to clean your windows thoroughly. If you need professional help, A+ PLUS AUTO GLASS is a perfect partner. A+ PLUS AUTO GLASS has been serving the folks in Phoenix, Arizona for 25 years now. To schedule an auto glass repair, 623-218-6844 is the number to call.

Doing these things will help you see clearly, but you have to remember you need to be seen as well. For you to be seen by other drives, you need bright lights. Check all the lights if they’re about to dim. Doing this routine once a month should be fine!

Sometimes, the bulbs are working fine, but they seem to have become opaque because of the grime and dirt. Both the headlights and taillights should be free from snow. To clean the casing, you need to get a polishing agent. If cleaning does not work, get new covers for the light bulbs.

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Time for a brake!

Test the efficacy of your brakes as well. Determine if there are effective in stopping your car before an accident arises.

Like the ESC, newer cars have ABS. An anti-lock braking systems  are common among 2012 (and newer) car models.

To use the car’s ABS, all you need to do is: stomp, stay and steer. 1) Stomp on the brake pedal as if your life dependent on it. 2) Stay on that position and do not move your foot on the pedal. 3) Finally, you steer away from the obstacle. Find a way to get around the hurdle.

Remember, the same rules apply, like the ESC, the ABS will not give you the ability to defy the laws of physics.

Learn to skid.

If all the tips still won’t work for you, maybe it’s time to work on the proper way to skid. Learning how to  skid may not apply to all drivers. But in case you’re curious…

To do a front-tire skid, you have to release the accelerator. Then, let the car to slow down, and turn steering wheel (or push the brake pedal.) Apply whichever is applicable in that specific situation.

However, doing a rear slide is immensely difficult. It will require practice, and even with intense practice, some people will not master it. So, it is best to  have a survival equipment ready. No matter how hard you practice, accidents cannot be prevented. All you can do is plan and prepare ahead of time. Have a sleeping bag and other basic tools stored in the back of your car.