Winter Driving Tips with @FordCanada
Driving on winter roads can be white-knuckle hairy sometimes, especially in climates that can range in temperatures from melting to freezing within a matter of days. One morning you are experiencing a light drizzle and by early that evening temperatures have fallen just enough to leave all that drizzle a slippery hazardous mess. Obviously you want to avoid hazardous driving conditions when possible but for the majority of the winter drivers must practice caution like Ford Canada offer in this winter driving tips list:
>> Buckle up. Safety belts are the most decisive factor in helping to prevent accident injuries.
>> Easy does it. Reduced traction on snow- or ice-covered roads means that your vehicle won’t accelerate, steer, or brake as well as on dry pavement; impatience can lead to skids.
>> Anticipate longer stopping distances by braking earlier and keeping a following distance of at least 2 seconds after the vehicle in front of you.
>> With anti-lock brakes, you can brake and steer at the same time, holding the pedal down firmly – but don’t let ABS lure you into a false sense of security.
>> See and be seen. Make sure that all your windows, mirrors, and exterior lights are clean.
>> Know the limits of your vehicle. A four-wheel-drive SUV, for example, stops no faster than a normal passenger car.
>> Use extra caution while crossing bridges and overpasses, as these structures typically freeze first.
>> If you get stuck, you can use kitty litter (or your floormats, in a pinch) for more traction. If you’re pushing, beware of spinning wheels and flying debris.
>> In a blizzard, don’t leave your vehicle unless there is other shelter in the immediate vicinity. If you have to run the engine for heat, be sure that the exhaust pipe is not blocked with snow to avoid dangerous carbon monoxide.
>> If you are involved in a collision, especially when visibility is poor, and you are still able to operate the vehicle safely, move it out of traffic lanes to help prevent a continuing hazard for other drivers.
>> Finally, don’t let your guard down halfway through the season. The worst accidents usually happen later in the season.
Disclosure: I work with Ford Canada on reviews; I have not been paid for this post. All opinions are 100% those of This Lil Piglet.