Severe harsh weathers are both dangerous for health and commuting also. We often see that it is extremely tough to drive in snow as the chances of skidding in snow are more. Driving in snow is like when you are shifting from grass court to clay court in lawn tennis. Drastic difference, I am telling you. When you are playing on clay court, the major priority is on some speed adjustments and that makes you a good player.
Similarly, for the snow drivers, they just need speed adjustments a bit and then you are driving like a PRO.
Here are some extremely useful pointers which will help you to drive in snow:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly: Driving in snow requires to accelerate slowly and the reason behind it is that speeding suddenly is hazardous
- Prepare your vehicle for driving: When you are driving in snow, you need to clear windshields, side windows; headlights and rear brake lights from the snow that has struck up there with the help of ice scarper and brush before you drive. One more important thing when you are driving and if again, you see snow piling up, then and there stop your car and clear the snow.
- Drive slowly: When you roads are covered with snow, try to drive slowly and do not use cruise control and try to overtake other vehicles by increasing speed.
- Wear dry and comfortable footwear: Shoes should never be wet as they will tend to slip a lot and never wear slippers while driving in snow.
- Maintain a healthy distance: When driving in snow, you have to maintain a distance or gap, at least 10 times more than recommended gap.
- Visibility: If visibility is lower than 100 m then turn on the fog lights but make sure to turn them off when the visibility improves.
- Snow socks: They are very useful when you are driving in snow and gives more grip to your tyres .In case you have to drive in unexpected snow or tackle snow; they are useful in that too.
- Winter tyres : They are the better in high snow areas and they are alternative to standard summer tyres. It offers grip in the more adverse weathers conditions like rain, snow and ice.
- Turn on your headlights all the time while you drive: People can see your vehicle on the road and it is useful for you and for the fellow motorists. Turn on your headlights during daytime also while driving in snow.
- Avoid making sudden movements and drive slowly: When driving in snow doesn’t jerk the vehicle suddenly it will create confusion to the other motorists. What you can do apply brakes gently. One more precaution is doing lock the brakes on ice as it will lose control of your steering vehicle. Also try and drive slowly using the lower gears, this will increase the traction on the road.
Some useful tips given to you but one important thing, is to avoid any type of intoxication while driving, it is fatal for you and for your family also.