For us, winter is almost here. That means that the temperatures are dropping and with that comes ice and snow. Driving in those kinds of conditions can be dangerous, even for experienced drivers. Those snowflakes are pretty until it is covering the. Even heavy trucks start to slip and can end up going off the road. Brown’s Preowned Car dealership in New York knows a little about driving in dangerous conditions.
Tips for driving when the roads are icy:
The best driving tip I can give you for driving in icy conditions, is simply don’t do it. If you can get away with not driving, just don’t go out. The less cars on the road, the easier it is for the plows and salt trucks to do their job, which means the roads are clear sooner, and everyone can get back on the roads sooner. That means less accidents and emergency services can help people easier. If you must go out, try to go out during the day. The temperatures are usually higher during the day and it is easier to see those bad spots.
Stick to main roads whenever you can. The larger more busier roads are usually plowed sooner and salted more often. You can call the township office or check on the department of transportation website, in some counties, to see when the roads will be plowed and salted. It is a way to track local trucks and see what roads you should avoid, if they aren’t being cleared.
Don’t forget the roads are icy. Just because you can not see the ice on the roads, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. Some roads may be fine, bit other roads may not be. You won’t know if you are hitting an icy spot until you hit it and if you are not prepared, that may be too late.
Do not press the gas petal too hard. It can cause the tires to spin and make the car more difficult to control.
Go Easy on the brakes. When you have to press the brakes, press them slowly and easily. If you slam on the brakes you might engage the ABS system and lock the wheels. Wheels that have become locked are not able to control the steering of the car. If you start to slide, turn into the slide. Look the way you want to go, and turn that way. You want to turn in the direction that the back tires are going. Do not slam on the brakes. If you start to turn too far, which is called over correcting, just change the direction of the turn to correct.
Don’t let other drivers make you feel like you need to drive faster. Just because they are driving close behind you, don’t feel pressured to go faster than you feel comfortable with. If they do not pass you on their own, pull over and let them pass you. Be sure to leave a larger than normal distance between you and cars in front of you. It takes longer to brake on icy roads than it normally does.
Adding salt, sand or even kitty litter in the back of the car can help get more traction. When a rear wheel drive car has more weight in the back it can have better control and better traction. It can also help if you get stuck. Tear open the bags and add it around the tires.
It is always best to stay off the roads in bad driving conditions, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Use common sense and precaution to be as safe as possible.