As the snow starts to fall, temperatures drop, visibility gets impaired and the risk of accidents increases, many of us develop anxiety and experience heightened stress behind the wheel. Winter driving is something most of us dread. After all, nobody wants to be limited in terms of speed, maneuverability, safety, and so on.
How to Handle the Snow and Ice
While it is certainly more challenging than driving in the warmer months, winter driving will be less stressful if you take the right precautions and follow appropriate driving techniques. Here are some useful tips for better driving in the snow, ice and sleet:
- Check Your Energy Levels – If you are already exhausted, you will not have the patience or alertness to handle winter driving. Driving in the snow requires you to stay calm, be patient and avoid anxiety. Get some rest before you venture out on the road.
- Don’t be Overconfident with Four-Wheel Drive – Four-wheel drive sends power to each of your tires for better traction on wet and slippery roads, but you still need to watch your speed. Slowing down in bad weather will allow you to avoid sudden braking and skids. Most importantly, you should keep in mind that all-wheel and four-wheel drive doesn’t have anything to do with your vehicle’s ability to brake. These drive systems are only helpful for getting the vehicle going.
- Inflate Your Tires Properly – If you have not yet prepared your car for the winter season, now is the time to start. You need enough tire tread and proper inflation so that your tires can properly grip the road.
- Do Not Follow Closely – Braking in the snow, even with the best tires, requires extra room between where you are and where you want to stop. Never tailgate in winter weather (or year round, while we are on the topic) and give yourself extra time to slow down carefully in the snow, ice and slush.
- Do Not Slam on the Brakes – Brake with a steady, even pressure if you have anti-lock brakes. If your vehicle does not have an ABS system and you feel the vehicle skidding, pump the brakes quickly, but never press the brake pedal forcefully.
Are Your Winter Tires On?
The quality of tire on your vehicle and the type of tire will determine your overall winter driving experience. If you have not yet done so, January is not too late to install a set of winter tires on your vehicle. A winter tire change reduces your risk for injury, and also helps:
- Improve your all-wheel and four-wheel drive performance
- Enhance tire grip on slushy, icy and snowy roads
- Improve the longevity of your all-season tires
- Enhance your vehicle’s current safety systems (e.g. traction control, stability control, etc) and their functionality
Do not risk your safety on winter roads. Bring your vehicle to AutoNiche for winter tire installation today. Call us at 905-205-0228 to book your Markham tire installation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding winter tires.