Winter driving tips

Dec 16, 2016 in Tips and Tricks

When temperatures start to drop and the roads become icy it’s time to raise your awareness because driving can turn tricky. In such conditions simple routines such as driving to work, going for groceries and picking up the kids from school can be quite challenging. Not to mention the job of truckers who have to handle a tractor trailer and load. Here are some key advices to follow when it comes to winter driving.

Bad weather conditions driving Image ©Pixabay

Basic Rules

Driving easily becomes a habit and slowly we start to lose the attention to the nitty-gritty details such as always putting a seat belt on, or never driving when being sleep deprived. The everyday rush can get us carried away but keep in mind regular checks of your motor vehicle are very important during cold months. Always make sure the battery power is fine and your tires are properly inflated. Do not forget to fill the gas tank at least half full and try to avoid using the parking brake in poor weather conditions.

Driving in the snow

Handling snow-covered or icy roads is a matter of good maneuvering skills and skid control. The trick is to do everything slowly whether it is accelerating or decelerating, stopping or turning. Also keep in mind the following distance has to be bigger as it takes more time to stop. Get to know your brakes and use ABS if you need to slow down quickly by pressing hard on the pedal. Stopping is not the best decision sometimes though in such conditions. If you can properly avoid a situation by maneuvering or getting to the red traffic until it changes by moving very slowly– go for it!


Winter driving landscape Image ©Pixabay

Long-distance trips

When it comes to long-distance winter trips there are a few things to remember. Always check weather reports especially if you head to isolated places. Postpone any trip when the conditions are bad. In case you leave make sure you let people know what route you chose. Your vehicle has to be inspected by an AAA Approved Auto Repair facility. Keep a local AAA’s telephone number handy. Bring food, medication, warm clothes and blankets with you.

How to manage an accident

In case of accidents such as ending up in snow-bound remain calm and stay in the car. Under no circumstances try to dig the vehicle out or walk your way to another place if there is a storm. Make it easy for rescuers to locate you – tie something bright and eye-catching to the antenna of the vehicle. At night use a flashlight, your phone or the dome light if possible. It is crucial to check if the exhaust pipe isn’t full with snow, ice or even mud because this might lead to your suffocation with the deadly carbon monoxide gas if the engine is on. It is recommendable to keep the engine and the heater on from time to time in order to prevent freezing and to conserve gasoline.


Winter-driving accident Image ©Pixabay

Driving in poor weather conditions is not only a matter of pro driving skills but also of good consideration and making the right decisions. It is also about knowing when to get off the road and rather just stay home.