Winter Driving Safety Tips
Covering so many accidents related to icy winter weather has been a bit unsettling for me. Your humble blogger is only now in his second winter ever around snow.
Since I’m probably not the only one new to or uncomfortable with winter driving, I’d like to share some helpful resources I’ve found on the subject.
SafeMotorist.com has a detailed set of recommendations for winter driving, boiling down safety behind the wheel into three elements: “Stay alert; Slow down; and Stay in control.”
Weather.com also has a useful page devoted to safe winter driving. As a newbie on the icy roads, I was quite thankful to find detailed instructions on what to do if your front wheels skid, if your rear wheels skid, and if you get stuck. Take a look at this wonderfully detailed excerpt:
If your rear wheels skid…
- Take your foot off the accelerator.
- Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
- If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
- If you have standard brakes, pump them gently. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.
Additionally, the following video (in German, dubbed in English) on 5min.com has helped me adapt to driving in the snow. Did you know there’s even a safer way to sit in your vehicle?
Have any more tips or resources on safe driving? We’d love to highlight them here on the blog. Your comments are welcome!