First, allow me to say this: if you can avoid snowy and icy, you should. The best way to be safe during winter months is to avoid the frequent travels outside. When you are driving on snow, things can be unpredictable, and it’s difficult to be in control at all times. The icy roads and highways make it hard to find you around. Besides, it takes a ton of effort to manage a sliding car, and having the skill requires you hours of practice.
If you can’t control your car, it will start spinning. Yikes, you don’t want this to happen, right? To avoid a skid, here are a few reminders for you. Don’t worry because these driving tips are for the average driver. For sure, you can follow to lessen the chances of crashing on a snowy and slippery road.
What’s the best tip?
When you know that today’s bad weather, it is best to avoid it. To be honest, there’s nothing we can do to make the situation better. Just stay at home, or if you are on the road, get a room at the nearest motel. The very least you can do is stay in place until snowplows and obstacles have been cleared.
If meet an accident on a snowy road or encountered a winter storm, your work or business meeting will be the last of worries. Once the roads are closed, you have nowhere else to go. So, the best solution, for the most part, is to stay where you are.
Tires are extremely important!
What can you control? The tires. If you ask race drivers, they definitely tell you that tires makes a huge difference. A set of new tires can make the last-place race driver have a shot at reaching the top place. Hence, having an ordinary won’t do so you need to invest on winter tires.
According to Tire Rack, you have to make sure that your winter tires should have 6/32-inch of tire tread. Tires have wear bars and not every tread are available at an auto shop. So, you will have to ask tire stores to check for you. For most countries with harsh winter climates, it is required to have tires with, at least, 6/32nds tread. Well, some consider 5/32nds treads too.
Sometimes, you can’t say that the expensive one is the best option. The only way to test the quality to do a test. For instance, the summer tires, or popularly known as three-season tires, works well on all vehicles. However, these tires have no grip in snow.
No matter how you try to maximize the usage of summer tires, it just wouldn’t work. In lower temperatures, the summer tires experience a phenomenon called glass transition temperature, wherein the tires becomes hard as a rock. It would not hold in place and it will just skid, endangering your life and lives of your passengers. A strong grip is NOT guaranteed so don’t think of even risking it!
Head to Safety Tips: Driving on Snow (Part 2) for more driving tips.