What's The Big Deal About Winter Driving?
If you find yourself driving in snow or snow covered roads, you will need to adapt your driving to winter driving conditions. How do you do this? Young Drivers of Canada provides the following steps to guide you through winter driving.
- Speed- reduce your speed to avoid skidding. This will also improve your stopping distance under snowy and icy conditions.
- Braking - avoid sudden, abrupt breaking. This can actually cause other issues. Slow and steady braking is key.
- Curves and Corners - slow down before you enter a curve or a corner and minimize any acceleration, coast through if possible. Braking on an icy or snow covered bend is very dangerous. The vehicle’s centrifugal force will force you to pull outwards resulting in loss of grip from the wheels. Your vehicle could end up spinning as a result of these actions.
- Increase the Gap - between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you space for braking and maneuvering in the event of a sudden action.
- Don’t run the heat up high in your vehicle - it will make you drowsy and your reaction times to what is going on around you may suffer.
- If you get stuck in the snow - don’t try to rev your engine to try and get out of a snow rut. This will only make things worse. Rocking your vehicle back and forth will help you get you out of a rut. Use the kitty litter that you have packed in your trunk for traction. If you still cannot get out, look or call for help. Do not run your engine to keep warm as this may result in dangerous emissions of carbon monoxide. Keep warm by the clothing that you packed in your emergency kit.
Young Drivers of Canada offers Canadians winter driving courses that include an in-class and on road learning experience. Winter is inevitable. Being prepared is easy if you take a winter driving course!