Driving in the snow can be a challenge, even for the experienced driver. However, if you’re new to Utah, or driving in snow, the idea can be a little intimidating. This winter season, help make your commute and other driving times less stressful with these tips.
In snow, drive slowly. The fact of the matter is snow slows everything down and takes a little longer. Accelerating, stopping, and turning all happen as quickly as on dry pavement. By giving yourself extra time you not only reduce your stress level and give yourself time to get where you’re going.
Before the snow starts flying, take a moment to have your brakes checked and make sure you understand your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop while driving in snow is threshold braking. To do this, keep your heel on the floor and, using the ball of your foot, apply firm pressure to the brake pedal. If you hit ice or a slick spot, pump your brakes.
When driving, accelerate and decelerate slowly. If you accelerate slowly, you give your tires a chance to gain traction and avoid skidding. Take time to slow down too. Since you never know what you’re going hit (ice is nearly impossible to see).
Don’t power up hills. If you apply extra gas while going up a snow-covered hill, all you’ll do is get your wheels spinning. Instead, try to get a little inertia going before going up a hill and let it carry you to the top. When you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and allow your car to proceed down the hill as slowly as possible.
This year, stay safe by being aware your surrounding and knowing these little tips for driving in the snow. Did we miss something? Share your snow driving tips and tricks with us below or on Facebook.