Terrible weather can be both frightening and dangerous for us. It is reported that nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths happen every winter due to winter storms, severe weather and bad road conditions.
It is very challenging and dangerous to drive on snow and ice-covered roads, since ice and snow may reduce the traction, causing it more difficult to move, steer and stop.
Here are 5 tips for safely driving in the snow. Maybe it can help you conquer the winter roads.
1. Drive slowly and smoothly.
Slow the speed for lower traction. It is very important to be smooth with the steering wheel, accelerator, and brakes.
2.Leave more space between you and the vehicle ahead.
Increase the distance from the vehicle in front of you. Allow triple the stopping distance on the icy road.
3.Brush off the snow from your lights.
Make sure the lights have been cleaned before driving, so that you have the best light on the road and other drivers can see you.
4.Clear off snow on windows, mirrors and roof before driving.
Since while you brake, snow on roof of the car may slide forward and cover the windshield.
5.Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
It will take longer time to slow down on snow and icy roads. Besides, to avoid skidding, please get the gas slowly to regain traction and don’t brake suddenly.
The safest way is to stay home and only go out if necessary. Driving in severe winter weather is inherently dangerous and should be avoided if possible.
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