A while back, the driving lessons for many were left behind. It is possible that you have forgotten one of the first subjects on the driving manual; how to place chains or how to drive when there’s ice or snow. This is relatively normal if you live in New Orleans.
In any case, unless you are in states where snow and frost are frequent, it is not strange that you have decided to free up space from your memory and have erased information that you think you will never need, such as the one we mentioned at the beginning: How to drive on snow or ice surfaces. The truth is that knowing how to do it cannot only save your life, but it will also allow you to enjoy outdoor winter activities if the opportunity ever presents itself.
Here are ten tips when it comes to facing an icy or snowy road:
- Chains are needed. Although you think you can save them and only take up space in your trunk, believe us, the meteorological surprises exist and you will not be the first driver stuck on a road because you did not have chains when a snowfall surprises you. And if you distrust us because you think that we only want to sell a product, you can look at the newspaper library of any medium, and you will verify that we are right.
- Always follow the advice and recommendations of the authorities. It is a basic rule, and we cannot skip it just for living our own adventure.
- Keep the gas tank full.
- Wear proper shoes. Avoid driving with shoes with thick soles since it is important that you have good sensitivity to handle the pedals. An acceleration or abruptly stepping on the brake can cause a bad outcome on a snowy or icy road. Do not forget that you may have to get out of the car at some point, so wearing shoes that are too thin or easily permeable can be very uncomfortable.
- The tires must be in good condition and with the necessary pressure. This is always fundamental, but it is essential when the surface is wet, frozen or with a lot of snow. If you live in areas where it snows frequently, consider winter tires.
- The best brake, the safety distance. The brake pedal must be treated with great care when driving on snow or ice. Step on it as little as possible and very gently. To avoid using it, moderate the speed extremely; drive with short gears and keep a safe distance. If you have to reduce the speed in some curves, it is better to reduce the gears than to touch the brake.
- If your car measures the external temperature, and if it reaches 3 degrees above zero, be extremely cautious; the roads will begin to freeze. If you find an ice plate, you must drive very slowly, without touching the brake or the accelerator and doing it as straight as possible. If you have to brake, do it with soft touches, except if you have ABS, you can step on the pedal to the fullest.
- Avoid turning the steering wheel, especially abrupt swerves. With snowy and icy roads, the driving is as if you were in a car full of raw eggs … so go with great care.
- With snow, always drive with your short-range lights on, even in the daytime. To see and be seen.
- If you lose control of your car, lift the foot of the accelerator very smoothly. Do not do it all at once, because making a sudden movement can aggravate the situation. Step softly on the brake. Also, very gently rotate the steering wheel in the same direction towards the rear of the car.