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Safety tips for driving in the snow

  • Posted: 31-03-2017  In: Driving Instructors Driving News Driving Tips

    Driving in Snow

    It is always difficult to drive on a road covered entirely with snow. Due to low temperature a thin film of water appears on the road which cause slippage of cars and you lose control. If necessary measures are not taken, driving can cause severe outcomes.

    You may drive into thick heap of snow by the sides of a road or you may hit another vehicle. Don’t forget to follow safety instructions for secure driving. Try to use standardized lightning, tires and tools when driving out in snow. Driving in snow requires a different approach. Your handling techniques must be safe, speed must be moderate and controllable and make sure proper contact of tired with the roads.

    Drive only when necessary

    If you are on errands it is better to calculate weather risks before you go out. Must keep yourself updated with weather forecast. Go out only when it is necessary or else it is better to stay at home. If you think it is important for you to go out then be sure to calculate risk before going out of home.

    If you can resolve you matters while staying at home it is recommend you to not go outside if the weather is bad. It may get worse by the time. Even if you go out and return during night time the risk of accident increase and due to low temperature at nights there is a chance that weather may get even worse.

    Always Plan ahead

    If your presence at any place is important and you have decided to leave for your destination than take all stuffs that you may need to cope if you face any hurdle on your way and get stuck for hours. Driving is not the only problem but always be prepared and think of alternate plan if things go wrong.

    It is a good idea to pack a bag of necessary stuff like warm clothing, blanket, torch, first aid kit, shovel and fully charged mobile phone. Find a safe route and always keep alternate route in case if the road gets blocked by snow. Always inform someone at home and provide all details of your plan.

    Things to keep in mind

    Must check car fuel tank and make sure it is full. Full fuel tank will keep your car running for long time if you get stuck somewhere in snow. If the temperature is too low and unbearable you can comfortably stay in car and come out periodically to clear the blockage. Staying too long inside the warm car will accumulate carbon monoxide which may cause fatal consequences. Keep in mind; in case of slippery conditions your tyre tread must be visible by 3 mm in depth.

    To improve car traction on slippery roads it is recommend to buy winter tires. Winter tires have better grip on roads than normal tires.

    Car lights

    While driving if it starts to fall snow, must turn on your headlights. Don’t just assume that lights are already on. During snow fall is it difficult to assume what is coming in front of you. If you turn on the lights the other driver would get an idea that a vehicle is coming from the opposite side.

    Reduce your speed at that time to prevent any accident. Before driving out to somewhere check your car properly that headlight is working, wipers are working and battery is functioning properly. In case of automatic headlights, make sure that you have turned on the switch.

    Selection of lights

    It is always a better option to have fog lights instead of waiting for bad weather. Front and rear fog lights will help you during driving. Fog lights have high intensity and it helps the driver in heavy and light snow. Due to its high intensity you would be able to see vehicle coming in your direction and also when you have installed fog lights on the rear, it would help the other driver to know there is vehicle ahead of him.

    According to highway codes fog lights should only be used when visibility drops below 100 mm. During normal visible you should not use fog lights as it may disturb other drivers coming in your direction.

    Safe Distance

    If you remember during a driving test you are told to keep a safe distance if the car in front of you stops suddenly, you may collide with the other car if you don’t keep a safe distance. It is more difficult to stop vehicle if you apply break immediately in icy condition.

    If you are driving at a high speed and immediately apply breaks the car will slip; it will be ten times harder to stop the car in icy condition. As a rule of thumb you should be about 20 seconds away from the vehicle you are following and your speed should be moderate and controllable.