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Winter ushers in a season that’s fraught with challenges for drivers. Icy roads and low visibility can turn a routine drive into a nightmare.
That’s why it’s worth reviewing a few tips to ensure a trouble-free winter-driving season.
Sometimes Waiting Out The Storm Is Smart
If weather conditions turn adverse, the first question worth asking yourself is, “Is it worth it to drive in these conditions?” It may be worth delaying your travel plans for a while until the worst of the weather blows over. If you don’t have a pressing need to travel, skipping it keeps you off potentially hazardous roads.
If You Decide to Go, Then Take It Slow
If you decide to venture out despite weather warnings, keep one thing in mind. With slippery roads, it’s always best to take your time. Driving too fast for conditions can result in spinouts or other accidents.
Your lights are useful for more than seeing at night. If your vehicle’s headlights and taillights do not turn on automatically, turn them on during times of reduced visibility. Traffic can better see you and avoid pulling out in front of you or hitting you when you are passing or being passed.
Be Ready with the Brakes
Braking takes particular skill on icy roads. According to AAA, whether you have antilock brakes (ABS) or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Pumping the brakes is no longer recommended for modern cars, as this interferes with the operation of ABS and stability control.
Always Decelerate and Accelerate Slowly
Don’t speed up and slow down erratically. Take a methodical pace that accounts for poor road conditions. By driving at a steady, measured speed that isn’t too fast, slow, or erratic, you’re showing consideration for other motorists and passengers.
Fall Back Behind Fellow Drivers
Don’t follow other cars too closely. If you do, you won’t have enough time to stop cleanly if they suddenly hit the brakes.
If visibility is low, this adds a second problem. When you can’t accurately judge distance, your response time may be too slow if you need to brake quickly. Stay safe and keep a reasonable distance between cars to give everyone a break.
Avoiding the urge to drive aggressively in inclement weather helps keep you and everyone else on the road safer.
And, it’s worth noting that while having a 4-Wheel or AWD vehicle helps maintain traction when the car is in motion, braking is going to present you with the same stopping problems other drivers are experiencing in lousy weather. Don’t drive too fast in ice, snow, or high winds.
Service Your Car Before Winter
The great thing about winter is you know it’s coming! For the most part, it doesn’t sneak up on you without warning. That’s why it’s always a perfect idea to visit a qualified service center to have them check the car and prepare it for the rigors of winter driving.
If you have an unfortunate accident and you need a repair in Staten Island, call Straightline Collision first. Our experienced and friendly team of paintless dent repair experts can straighten your door or hood in nearly no time.
We strive to offer a hassle- and stress-free experience for all of our clients.
Customers are welcome to get a free estimate by visiting our location at 2912 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island, NY 10309. Additionally, our friendly and knowlegable staff is available to answer general inquiries by phone during regular business hours Monday through Friday at 718.966.8900.