Winter driving can be very difficult. Part of the issue is that it feels so much different than driving in the summer. People get used to dry roads and then don’t adjust their habits for winter conditions.
But it’s very important to understand how to drive on ice and snow. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Never hit the brakes aggressively
If you have to slow down, either take your foot off of the gas and let the car slow itself down or carefully and deliberately press the brakes over a long distance. Quickly pushing the brake pedal aggressively may stop you in the summer, but it’s just going to cause you to slide out of control in the winter.
Always be alert and aware of what’s happening around you. Pay close attention to the road conditions. Keep your eyes on where you want to go, especially if the car begins to slide.
Use the right vehicle systems
If your car has certain systems that make it easier to drive in the snow, be sure you activate them. This could include a stability control system or a four-wheel-drive system. It makes a big difference.
Increase following distances
Finally, remember that everything happens slowly when you’re driving in the winter. You need to increase your following distances so that you don’t have to stop quickly in an emergency. This can reduce the odds of an accident.
Unfortunately, other drivers will still make mistakes and cause crashes. If you’ve been injured, be sure you know what legal options you have.