Hitting the road in winter is a necessary risk for most people. Work, school, and traveling are unavoidable in people’s daily lives. Whether you’re old, young, or somewhere in between, knowing how to drive in winter is an important part of keeping yourself and others safe. Here at Gurley Motor Company, we have some winter driving tips to keep you out of the ditch this year.
- Brake Early. It takes longer to stop during winter than it does in any other type of weather. Ice and snow provide less traction than dry or even wet roads. Braking early is the best way to ensure you avoid accidents and have to pull off the side of the road. Leave seven to 10 seconds of space between yourself and the other car so you have plenty of time to slow down.
- Avoid Hills. If possible, avoid going up hills. Ice can build up and cause your wheels to spin. Applying more power will only cause them to spin more. As a result, you may find yourself sliding backwards.
- Stay Off the Roads. Watch the weather forecast and if things seem bad, don’t go out on the roads. If you absolutely need to, drive slow and stay aware of your surroundings. Run multiple errands in a single trip so you only need to go out once. It’s the little things that count in winter weather.