Driving A Car In Snow
Reed Berry (Driving Expert) gives expert video advice on: What is the best way to get snow and ice off my windshield?; What should I do if my car begins to skid or lose traction on snow or ice?; Where is ice most likely to form on the roads? and more...
What can I do to my car to make it safer for driving in snow?
When you're driving in the snow, there's certain things you need to do. Of course, the conditions vary in different parts of the country. Make sure you have the right tires: all-weather tires or snow tires. If you're going to need tire chains, make sure you have the right size chains for your car. Another thing that you want to do is check your antifreeze level, this is very important, especially with <a href="http://www.videojug.com/interview/general-car-maintenance-2">car maintenance</a>. There are certain things you want to keep in your car as well. For example, sand bags for added weight. You might want to carry some bags of kitty litter in your car, you can actually throw that on the road for added traction if you need it. Some of the other supplies you'll want to carry in your car for snowy driving would be a shovel, scraper and appropriate snow gear: extra clothing if you need it to keep you warm if your car should break down.
What is the best way to get snow and ice off my windshield?
To get snow and ice off the windshield of your car, you might be tempted to turn on your windshield wipers. You got the wipers, you got the washer fluid, seems like it would work, but it doesn't. In fact, if you use your windshield wipers to get ice off the windshield, you could ruin them. So you want to use an ice scraper to scrape the ice from the windshield of your car before starting the vehicle.
What should I do if my car begins to skid or lose traction on snow or ice?
If your car begins to skid on ice, first of all, you don't have much time to think out what to do but you really have to think about what kind of braking system you have because if you have antilock braking system, or ABS, just put your foot on the brake, apply firm pressure and the car will pump the brakes for you as you skid. If you don't have ABS brakes, you are going to pump the brakes as you skid. But in either case, as you skid, steer the car in the direction you want the vehicle to go.
How far should I be from the car ahead of me in when it is snowing?
When you're following another car, you have to adjust your following distance depending on the conditions. And on a perfect day, it's four seconds behind. On a rainy day, four seconds behind. But if you're driving on icy roads, you need about seven to eight seconds between cars, because the worse the conditions are, the more stopping distance your vehicle requires. And what that means is when the back end of the car in front of you passes a stationary object, you start counting. And if the front end of your car reaches the same object before you count to seven, you're too close and you need to open up more space because you need more stopping distance on icy roads.
Should I use my cruise-control when driving in the snow?
You should never use cruise control when driving in the snow because driving on icy roads and conditions can change from moment to moment and you can't maintain a constant speed so never use cruise control. Just adjust your speed manually as you drive, rather than use cruise control.
What is "black ice" and what should I do if I encounter it?
When driving in snow, black ice is a thin, transparent layer of ice on the road. It's called black ice because it looks black because of the asphalt. Black ice is very, very dangerous because it's hard to see, and it's very, very slick. Now if you encounter black ice while driving, it's important to pump your brakes. That'll allow you to maintain traction on the road, and if your car does start to skid on black ice, simply turn your steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go.
Where is ice most likely to form on the roads?
Ice is more likely to form on bridges, overpasses, in shady areas, and ice is certainly more likely to form on less frequently travelled roads.