If you’re part of the world braving the snow every winter, check this one out. We don’t always want to drive in the snow, but sometimes we have to. As safe as it is to not drive at all during snow days, there will be times we just need to.
Now we’re not snow experts here. We don’t work for tire companies, or snow removal companies, or anybody else who deals with cars in the snow. No, instead we asked around our team as to what we can do to help ourselves drive in the snow.
We’re going to advise you now to do absolutely everything to obey the law and all state regulations on the road. Wear a seat belt at all times, turn on your headlights and wipers, and drive slow of course.
You know the easy stuff. Seat belt, headlights, wipers, slow driving… it’s all part of driving better in the snow. Here are some tips that might not be so obvious.
- Accelerate and Decelerate slowly. Don’t floor it to get started. Don’t slam on the brakes to stop. It’s much easier to lose control by doing both.
- If possible, drive along the tracks in front of you. Lucky for us, the people on the road in front of us will create a smoother driving path. You might be able to avoid driving on slippery snow or ice when a path is created in front of us.
- Know your brakes. Stopping in snow is obviously tougher than stopping in perfect conditions. Understand what it takes to stop in regular conditions will give you insight into what it will take to stop in the snow. It will take more than twice as long to stop in snowy conditions (According to AAA). To be safe, give yourself, and your brakes even more time than what you’re used to.
- If possible, keep going. Stopping in the snow makes it harder to get going again. Unless you have to stop, keep going. Especially up hills. Keep rolling forward unless you need to stop.
- Check your tire pressure. The cold actually reduces tire pressure. Driving around with low tire pressure often leads to a blow out. Be sure to check your tire pressure if you know it will snow.
- Carry a small shovel with you. It’s not always necessary. But when you know it’s going to snow, put a small shovel in your trunk. Take this a step further by pairing them with gloves and anything else you would want to have in the event your stuck in the snow. It’s better to have and not want than to want and not have. In the event you do get stuck, that shovel might be your saving grace.
- Consider driving with chains if the roads will not be plowed. If you’re living in an area that’s a bit more secluded, chains on your tires could prove to be a huge help. Without snow on the ground it will feel as though you’re driving with LEGO tires, but if there is heavy snow on the ground the chains will feel a little smoother. Only use them if the snow is heavy on the roads. Here is a YouTube video on how you can put chains on your tires if needed.
We’re leaving you with 7 tips for now. The truth is, you probably know how to drive safely in the snow. Driving slower than normal, leaving more space in between vehicles, and taking more time to break is probably the best thing you can do. If you don’t have to drive in the snow… stay home!