Getting Ready for Driving in the Snow

Article by Delta Driving School

In addition to the mental and physical aspect of driving, there is, of course, the actual car you are driving. Your vehicle’s features, such as acceleration rates, handling sensitivity, and safety aspects, can play a role in how safe you are when you are driving. For example, if your brakes do not work well you cannot comfortably rely on them to help bring the car to a stop during an emergency.

Winter is slowly approaching as temperatures continue to dip. If you have any plans to head up to the slopes this holiday season or if you live in an area where it can get below freezing, you may need to drive in the snow. Driving in such intense weather can be dangerous and causes numerous car crashes every year. Take some extra precautions to stay safe this winter.

Increase Your Distance

When you are driving on a dry road you should try to maintain a following distance of at least three seconds. This is to give you enough time to react and slow your vehicle down to a reasonable speed and avoid any potential collisions. When you are driving in the snow you should increase this distance to around six seconds. The ice and snow can be slippery, making it even more difficult for you to stop.

Drive Slowly

Another helpful tip when driving in the snow is to decrease your speed. Drive slower than you would on a dry road to compensate for the decreased traction your car will have. Driving slower will make your car easier to steer and easier to slow down.

This article was submitted by Delta Driving School. If you are looking for a Driving School in La Crescenta or La Canada CA check out their website.