Maybe you grew up in a place with serious winters. Or maybe you are going to a place where snow is starting to pile up. Whatever the case is, you should think of snow driving as tennis players think of grass courts vs. clay courts. You have a different surface where you drive and you might need to adjust your speed. But this does not necessarily change the way you drive.
If you are driving on snow, it is all a matter of friction. You handle the wheels and the pedals differently. You have to make sure that when you hit the brake, your grip on the road us working, you can steer, accelerate and have full stops when you want. And there’s a lot less friction when you are driving through snow.
This is what you can do in order to make your life easier when you are driving on snow.
Go to Your Mechanic for Maintenance – If you think you will be driving on a snowy road at the start of next week, go to your mechanic now and get your car for a tune-up. You might want to check for worn hoses and leaks on our car. You also need to replace the parts that need replacements and repair your car engines.
Check our Tires – If you are going on a long road trip on the weekend, ensure to inspect your tires properly. If you need to install snow tires, get them done before a snowstorm hits. When the temperature drops, your tires decrease its inflation pressure. Make sure that you have tires that are sealed with the manufacturer’s approval. This will give you peace of mind whenever you are driving on snow.
Get to know Your Car – If you just bought your car, notice how it handles skids, snowy roads, and uphill driving. If your car does not have enough friction on snow roads, you might want to go to your mechanic to have it checked. Every vehicle handles wet and icy roads differently. You should take the time to know how your car handles the road in different weather conditions.
Know your Vehicle Identification Number – Make sure that the vehicle that you are driving is recall-free. This means that the vehicle was not recalled by the manufacturer because of engine defects and other safety issues. You can check your car VIN at safercar.gov to make sure that your car is good for driving on snowy roads.
Stock your Vehicle – If this is a long drive, make sure to carry extra tires, wipers, and other related tasks in case of emergencies. Check your battery to make sure that it is still in good condition. It will take a lot more of battery power to restart a car on cold weather. Make sure to choose routes that are near the towns so that you can get help whenever you need it.
You should be extra careful when driving on snowy roads. Snow does not mean that you can’t go to your destination until it melts. Snow driving requires skills, patience, and preparedness in order for you to arrive at your destination.