Tips for Driving in the Ice and Snow

As all the ATLiens know, learning how to drive in snow is important, even if you have to learn the hard way. For us southerners, driving in harsh winter conditions can be quite the challenge but it’s not impossible. In fact there are a few simple things you can do that can help ensure you get to your destination safely and with a car that’s still in one piece. That’s what we are here to help you with today. So here are some helpful hints to keep you driving over the snow

Keep your gas tank filled up at least half way

One thing to remember when driving in the snow is to prepare for the unexpected. You don’t want to be stuck on the road for a while with a gas tank close to empty leaving you really stuck on the road. Also, a mostly empty gas tank can accumulate water which freezes much quicker than gasoline and can cause some serious damage in your engine.

Don’t slam on the gas or brakes

When driving in the snow, the name of the game is patience. It’s important not to accelerate or decelerate too quickly which can cause your car to skid and lose traction. The key to keeping traction on the road is to do everything slowly, take turns and maneuver very cautiously. Once you understand that, it makes everything else easier.

Don’t speed up hills

Going up hills in the snow and ice can be tricky, but one useful trick is to try and not power up hills. This can lead to your tires spinning out and losing control of your car. Instead, try to gather momentum leading up to the hill and let that momentum carry you over. This is a much safer way of doing so than slamming on your gas pedal.

Only drive if you absolutely have to

It might seem obvious, but this is the most important hint. Driving on snow and ice is dangerous, and even if you do everything perfectly, there’s no guarantee that everyone else on the road will do so as well. So stay in and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and avoid the roads if you can.

If you have any other questions, our friendly service team will be more than happy to assist you

 

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