Snow; nice to look at from your warm living room, but a lot less pleasant when you have to drive on the road. Every year, there are many accidents when snow has fallen. The best tip is not to drive when there is a lot of snow. But if you can’t avoid it, then the following 8 tips will help you.
Take it easy
Keep your revs low and try to drive as gradually as possible. When you have to slow down with the car, let the engine do most of the work, until it really can’t be done otherwise. It is also important to make the bends as smooth as possible, so don’t just steer to one side. By driving like this, you prevent your car from sliding. When it comes to speed, you also have to take it easy, especially when the roads have frozen over. This way, you avoid unnecessary one-sided accidents, and you don’t slide into a lamppost, tree or other road users.
Be quiet when accelerating
Quiet acceleration is essential to avoid skidding the car. If you’re first transmission doesn’t stick, you can try using the two. It is important to drive away as quietly as possible, without accelerating too much.
Keep looking far ahead
If you keep looking far ahead, it is easier to keep following the right line and avoid ending up in an undesirable situation.
Keep enough distance
Distance! Distance! Distance! Distance! We can’t emphasize this often enough, because this is crucial. The distance to the car in front of you should be much greater than when driving in normal weather conditions. Many people forget this, which means they drive far too closely to the car in front of them. Your braking distance is much longer than normal when there is ice or snow on the road, so you can’t stop as fast as you are used to.
When it is snowing, this reduces visibility. Make sure you have the right lights on so that you are clearly visible to other road users.
Before you drive away with the car, you have to make the car completely free of snow and ice. Grab a good ice scraper and make sure that the windows, mirrors and roof are free of snow and ice. Also, make sure you don’t have any condensation on the inside of your windows. Set the heating to the highest setting (possibly in combination with the air conditioning).
Keep the wiper fluid level
Salt and splashing water can get your windows dirty. This also reduces visibility. So make sure you have enough wiper fluid with you. Preferably an antifreeze variant.
Winter tyres are not everything
Chapeau if you use winter tires. This already saves a lot of grip. However, this doesn’t mean it can’t be dangerous anymore. In this sense, winter tyres are no guarantee. Even with winter tyres, you should keep an eye out and follow the other tips.