What are your best tips for driving in snow?
It's been a pretty rough winter here in the UK. What are hubbers' best tips for driving in the snow for safety and car control?
Don't do it in a compact econo car with rear wheel drive. In Kansas, we've had a lot of snow this year and the vehicles stuck in the ditch and snow drifts were left there by drivers who had no business driving, at least not in tiny cars. My favorite quote from folks who wreck their cars on snow or ice is, "It wasn't my fault, the road was slick!!" In most cases, delaying a necessary trip until the roads are cleared is not a huge sacrifice. On top of that, most snow is predicted at least a few days in advance, giving drivers ample time to prepare for being snowed-in. As for the UK, I don't know how it goes. Can't be much different, can it?
The best tip is ...Don't. Have a day off work, they won't miss you.
Though here where I live in snowy Buffalo, we say it is best to get a six pack and stay off the streets, sometimes driving through the snow is unavoidable. Then again, none of us would ever have to go to work again (well until Spring that is).
So here are a few tips:
1. Increase following distance and decrease speed.
2. If you find yourself in a skid, take your foot off the gas - STAY OFF THE BRAKE, and steer through the skid.
3. Carry enough survival supplies in your vehicle to dig out, stay put, or even walk out.
4. Practice winter driving skills in empty parking lots.
5. Make sure your tires (as well as the rest of the car) are in good working order.
6. Leave early whenever the snow flies.
7. If you have a rear wheel drive vehicle, try throwing some weight in the back end. I used to carry 100 pounds of tube sand in the trunk of my mustang.
The year I passed my driving test , back in 1980, when it snowed, later that year, I went over to an outdoor pursuits centre where their car-park was little more than a field (with no obstacles) and I had a great time throwing the car into skids, slides and the like. This session gave me an appreciation for how vehicles behave and perform in the snow and how to recover from slides ect. Since then I have always had a certain cautious confidence when driving in the snow.
Now that I'm more mature, when it snow I reach for the push-bike rather than the car keys! Tony
Pretend that your brakes don't work! If you had no brakes on your car how much room would you leave between other cars? Make all turns at a crawl so you don't break traction. I haven't crashed yet driving in snow and always stay away from using my brakes. I think the pretense keeps my driving cautious enough. If you have front wheel drive always go forward, engine weight over the front tires gives you the best traction. If you have rear wheel drive add heavy weight to the trunk or truck bed, if you get stuck try to reverse out of it.
Be very cautious, drive slowly, do not break suddenly. Here in southern California, USA, chains are required on tires, when snow is on the highway. We don't get much, but it does happen. You may want to use chains on your tires too. Even better, don't drive unless absolutely necessary, as some hubbers said.
by Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago
Weekly Topic Inspiration: Car Safety & Safe DrivingDon't know what to write about this week? Give car safety and safe driving a try with the WTI gang! Good keywords / ideas to work with: car seats, safety first, car accident, road safety, booster seat, car check,...
by Paula 5 years ago
What are your best tips for dealing with difficult people at the workplace?Often the people we work with are people like family in the sense we don't really pick them! If they have personal issues, or don't work well with people, and try to engage you and cause trouble in doing so, what are...
by Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago
What are your memories of learning to drive? Are they funny, serious, sad?I got my learners about three times and people who were helping teach me just never thought I was ready until I just said on the third time I am going for my drivers whether I fail or not! I passed fine and I am so glad; I...
by Cassidella 8 years ago
What are the best tips you know for nutrition in diabetics?
by Chathurika Dhanasekara 5 months ago
Lady drivers tend to face car accidents, causing minor damages to the sides of the vehicle. Is this due to their comparatively poor ability to judge the width of the vehicle?
by Paula 4 years ago
What are your best tips for cleaning the lenses on an IPhone and IPad?Do IPhone and IPad "camera" lenses need cleaning, and how do you clean them to keep your pictures their best? I think the tips for any brand of device might work as well.
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|