Driving Tips During Winter
One would think what difference change of temperature could make when driving a vehicle. After all, a vehicle is a vehicle. It is a machine and machines don’t catch cold. Hold on there! Yes, the vehicles do catch cold. You need to tune up your vehicle for winter. During winters the fuel is cold and does not ignite easily. Winters are so unpredictable. Some important tips in the winters are :
The first thing you need to do in the morning when you are about to take your vehicle out for driving is to put the heater on for some time. Now, when you put the ignition on, the vehicle does not take much time to start.
Second check your tires and, if necessary, clean the tread on them. And if it has been snowing it would be best if you change all season tires and put on tires made especially for snow driving. This will make your driving safe on snow-laden roads. Test the air pressure.
Third check-up should be of the head lights. Clean the headlights properly and make sure that the windows are absolutely clear. During the cold nights they may have become foggy. check the wipers blades, that they are working or not? Battery should be fully charged.
Forth keep your gas tank or fuel tank full. Use defroster. Use special winter tires
Finally, when you drive the vehicle keep the speed slower than you normally like to keep, because of moist roads and keep the head lights on with low beam. Make sure that you have full visibility on the road. Always use seat belt whenever you get into the vehicle. Turn smoothly in the direction wherever you want.
Don’t try to drive too enthusiastically. It is better to drive defensively. Keep the winter survival kit, with candles, matches, sleeping bags (or blankets), first aid kit, pocket knife, energy snacks and also dark colored clothes with you to use as a flag, if you trapped in such a situation. Avoid sudden breaks on the slippery surface because that is the cause of skidding. In the challenging season always listen to the radio to get for weather updates. Never ever assume that your vehicle can handles all the conditions. Don’t overtake anyone. Four wheelers can also skid in the challenging weather. Don’t take off your foot from the break.
The distance between your vehicle and the other vehicle in front of you should be enough for you to be able to stop your vehicle without colliding with the front vehicle if the vehicle in front of you suddenly comes to a stop. Be alert while driving. Take blanket, food, water with you in emergency. If you get stuck in the vehicle then stay in the vehicle and wait for the help but don’t come out from the car. Don’t stay in one position keep your body warm, like roll your arms.
If there is snow removing equipment on work make sure that you keep at least a 10 meter distance from such equipment.
Keep yourself updated about the weather conditions by listening to the local radio station for weather and traffic updates.