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Handling Your Vehicle in the Snow

Posted on February 16th, 2015

It can be very scary when you brake but your vehicle keeps on going, or when you can feel your vehicle losing traction and you start to skid. It is very important to adjust your driving according to the weather conditions.

In snowy or slippery driving conditions it will take you longer to stop, so make sure you leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Drive slower than you normally would. If someone wants to pass you, let them. It is better to arrive somewhere 15 minutes late than to not arrive at all. When you are approaching a stop begin braking early to avoid skidding. A skid happens when your wheels lose traction on a slippery surface. The majority of skids are caused by sudden hard breaking or driving too fast. If you find yourself in a skid steer in the direction of the skid but be careful not to over steer. If you are skidding in a straight line, shift to neutral or step on the clutch pedal.

Visibility can be an issue when it is snowing or windy weather is causing snow scrolls. When this is the case turn your brights on so you can see better and other people can see you as well. When you are driving next to large trucks and buses they tend to kick up slush and water on your windshield leading to a sudden loss of visibility. Always drive defensively and leave enough space to minimize snow spray.

If you are cautious and alert when driving in poor weather conditions you may be able to avoid serious accidents that could injury you, your passengers or the people in the other vehicle.