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Winter Weather Driving

DIY : Cars

Driving in snow and ice can be dangerous and stressful. Some cars are more suited for these conditions, but some are not, it is important that you read this guide, so you can be prepared for the Winter Weather.

Make sure that you have your car serviced regularly, this will insure that all the vital things like the battery, cooling system, wipers are all in working order, these in itself, are vital for winter weather driving.

Look at and check your tyres.
Snow tyres or chains, can be helpful when living in a very snowy climate, they have treads that will allow you car to have better traction. They will also be less likely to freeze.
All season tyres dont clean themselves properly of snow and may get clogged.

Practice driving in winter weather, if you are a learned try and get some lessons in at this time of season. If you are not a learner you could practice in a snowy and empty car park.
Practice the breaking, and learn how to get out of a skid, you need to know how your car handles winter weather as all cars will be different as will drivers.

Put some sandbags directly over the rear axle if you have a rear drive veichle.

Keep a very safe distance from the vechicles infront of you and look out for brake lights.

Ease up on the gas if the car starts to slip.

Drive slowly!

When stopping plan in advance and use the brakes gently, slowly add pressure. Intersections are icy so plan in advance.

To correct for any skid -let up on the gas and gently turn your wheels in the direction you want to go. It is a very natural desire to turn that way and so there is nothing complicated to have to remember which way to turn. Be careful not to over correct and do not re-apply the gas until you are again headed in the direction you want to go.

Never apply the brakes on a hill if you can avoid it whether going uphill or downhill.
When approaching an incline, speed up slightly before reaching the hill to give you the momentum to get up the hill. Never slow down before attempting an incline or while you are on the hill. Declines are perhaps more difficult to deal with. When approaching a decline, slow down before you reach the hill, then coast down the hill as safely as you can. On long steep declines, coast as long as you can, but DO NOT let your car get out of control. Judiciously apply the brake to keep your speed to a manageable level.

By: Jade

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