The holiday season is finally here! However, winter can bring snow and ice, both of which can cause major issues for drivers, especially since a lot of us in the South don’t have much experience driving in snowy and icy conditions. It’s always a good idea to be prepared and know how to drive in whatever conditions winter may throw your way.
Today, we’re sharing a few tips on how to drive in snowy and icy conditions:
- Know your drivetrain. Your drivetrain is your vehicle’s set of components that dictate how it moves. Most vehicles are two-wheel drive, or front-wheel or rear-wheel drive, where only one set of wheels moves to power your vehicle forward. However, some vehicles are all-wheel or four-wheel drive, which means all of your vehicle’s wheels are powering it forward. Depending on your drivetrain, your vehicle is likely better or worse prepared to drive in snowy and icy conditions. Having AWD or 4WD is often more conducive to driving in wintry weather conditions, and there are intricacies to driving in the winter depending on your drivetrain.
- Drive slower than normal. This should go without saying, but snow and ice make roads slippery and easy for your vehicle to slide right off the road. In order to avoid sliding off the road, be sure to drive slower than normal. Everyone else should be, too, which will hopefully minimize any squabbles on the road because you’re driving so much slower than everyone else.
- Steer cautiously. Much like driving more slowly, steering should be slow, controlled and cautious when driving in snowy and icy conditions. Sharp turns can cause your vehicle to start sliding and moving out of your control. Additionally, be cautious about slamming on the brakes too quickly.
For more tips on driving in wintry conditions, check out AAA’s winter driving tips. Always remember to stay home if the weather is too inclement to drive in. If you absolutely have to go out in the snow and ice, please make sure to take necessary precautions!
If your vehicle skids off the road due to winter weather conditions, never fear: Tow Pro offers a wide variety of towing services and is available 24/7 in case of emergencies. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 888.695.1555 when you need a tow!