5 tips for driving in cold conditions

by | Nov 24, 2022 | Automotive

5 tips for driving in cold conditions

(NC) Whether we like it or not, winter is coming. For most of us, this season comes with colder temperatures, extreme weather and unexpected driving conditions. It is important to be prepared for winter driving to help keep yourself and others safe. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are on the road.

1. Slow down and give yourself extra travel time

This may seem obvious, but it’s a good reminder. Plan ahead and check the road conditions before you leave, then take the extra time you need to get to your destination safely. And when driving in poor weather, make sure your four-way hazard lights are on to help other drivers see you.

2. Try to avoid sudden braking

You should always try to brake in a straight line – especially before a turn – and do so gradually. Avoid heavy braking while completing a turn. Increase your following distance from other cars significantly. If your wheels lock and slide, release the brake pedal to recover traction, then slowly brake again.

3. Use winter tires

It’s proven that driving with four winter tires reduces your risk of collision by providing better traction on road surfaces in winter conditions. A set of winter tires such as the Michelin X-Ice Snow tires, provide the necessary traction to overcome winter conditions like snow, ice and slush for better performance and safety.

4. Clear snow and ice from your vehicle

To ensure maximum visibility, clear your vehicle of all ice or snow, and wait for the windows to clear of any fog or ice before you head out.

5. Go back to basics

Always drive with two hands on the steering wheel and try to avoid changing lanes in slush. When you can’t avoid it, plan your lane change in advance and turn the wheel slowly and gradually so you approach the slush at a shallow angle. This will help minimize the force against the side of the tires.

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