Winter conditions are a challenge for every driver. Then the road and weather conditions are unpredictable and it is extremely important to comply with them. The basic rules for safe driving in the winter are caution, lower speed and adequate responses
To make driving safely in the winter, it is extremely important to prepare your car first.
- Observe greater distance.
- Keep a close eye on your surroundings and other road users.
- When braking, avoid sharply pressing the brake on a slippery surface. The braking must be very gradual in order not to block the wheels, which will cause slipping and loss of driving. If this happens, you need to release the brake pedal to re-engage. Then, depress the brake again gradually by continuing to use the braking power of the motor.
- Look for icy falling objects or ice.
- To reduce the speed, use the gears by gradually releasing the gears to lower ones instead of pressing the brake.
- When climbing, you can use a higher gear than the one you use in dry weather to avoid skating.
- When starting out on snow, you have to feed very gradually gas to avoid the risk of slipping. If the wheels slide, engage at a higher speed to reduce the force applied to them.
- On a turn, reduce the speed before you enter it, making sure to keep the traffic straight. To take the turn, your impact on the steering wheel should be smooth and steady. This will prevent the tire from sticking to the road surface, making it difficult to drive. In the bend, keep a slow and steady speed.
- If you lose control of the front wheels you have to reduce the speed by gradually releasing the accelerator pedal to regain the grip. If necessary, press the brake lightly without blocking the wheels.
- If you lose control of the rear wheels, if you still have grip on the front, in front-wheel drive, accelerate the speed to restore the balance. For rear-wheel drive, gradually move your foot off the accelerator while the rear wheels regain traction. Accelerate gradually until the desired speed is reached. You do not have to press the brake because it will increase the rear wheel imbalance.