Winter Driving in Ice and Snow

Winter Driving Techniques for Snow and Ice

The best advise for winter driving is not to drive at all if there is a storm. Unfortunately many of us need to get to get to work and calling in sick every time there is a snow storm is not an option. So what can you do to make your winter driving experience better? Some of the driving techniques listed below will help you to handle the road conditions better when driving on snow and ice.

Winter Driving on Snowy and Icy Roads

1. Reduce your speed and leave lots of room to stop.
2. When you need to brake, do it gently to avoid any potential skidding.
3. Improve your visibility by keeping your lights on so other motorists can see you.
4. Avoid using cruise control.
5. Take extra care when traveling over bridges which can be ice covered.
6. Don’t pass snowplows.
7. Assume nothing, even four wheel drive and front wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If Your Front Wheels Skid

1.Take your foot of the gas and shift into neutral.
2. Don’t steer immediately. As the wheels skid sideways, they vehicle will slow down and  traction will return. When that occurs, steer into the direction that you want to go and accelerate gently.

If Your Rear Wheels Skid

1. Take you foot off the accelerator.
2. Steer in the direction that you want the front wheels of your vehicle to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they are sliding right, steer right.
3. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently. If you have have ABS, do not pump the brakes. Apply a steady pressure and you will feel the brakes pulse, this is normal.

If You Get Stuck

1. Do not spin your wheels.
2. Rock your vehicle back and forth, lightly touching the gas to easy your car out of the rut.
You may need to use a shovel to clear some of the snow away from the wheels.

Winter driving is unavoidable regardless of where you live in Canada. Young Drivers of Canada offers courses for licensed drivers specific to winter driving. With some simple tips and patience, drivers can conquer winter driving!

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