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November 26, 2018 in Tips
Winter means fewer daylight hours and deadlier crashes, says Debbie Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, an Illinois-based nonprofit that promotes health and safety. Nearly 6,000 people are killed in weather-related traffic accidents annually, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Hazardous driving conditions accompany winter. Whether you are new behind the wheel or a seasoned driver, there are definitely ways you can reduce your risk of an accident when traveling in treacherous weather conditions.
Slow Down – This is one instance where the turtle wins the race!
Driving slowly is the key to maintaining control on snowy or icy roads. Accelerating, stopping, and turning will take longer and are less predictable when the pavement is covered with snow and ice, as opposed to wet or dry pavement.
Know your brakes
If you are driving a late model vehicle, odds are you braking system allows the brakes to lock, stopping the wheels from turning. That in turn actually promotes skidding and reduces the tires’ grip when trying to stop or maneuver. Pumping the pedal gently to regain traction and control may be necessary.
However, most modern cars are equipped with anti-lock brakes. In an emergency, you just need to press the brake pedal as hard as you can and let the vehicle do the work of slowing the car. The pedal will vibrate as each individual brake is pulsed, providing enough traction and stability to help you maneuver around obstacles.
All-wheel is your friend, not your savior!
Many motorists think that their all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicles are unstoppable during winter driving. Truth is, while four-wheel traction systems can help you get going in snow and ice, plus provide extra control when turning, they won’t help you stop much faster than a front- or rear-wheel-drive car when you hit that patch of black ice.
Keep your vehicle in motion
Don’t stop on ice or snow if you can avoid it. Winter driving experts suggest that you try to keep a steady pace when rolling into turns, as you approach stoplights, and as you go up and down hills, so that you can maintain enough inertia to keep moving.
Wintry weather reduces can reduce your visibility. Be sure to keep your windshield fluids fully stocked with winter windshield wiper fluid that contains anti-freeze. It is also a good time to ensure your headlights are in full working order to see and be seen. Keep those headlights clean and consider investing in a vehicle that has adaptive headlights that can illuminate what’s behind hard-to-see bends in the road.
If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.
Should you need collision repair services, call us at 801.568.0305 and know that we take extra care repairing vehicles and bringing them back to their pre-damage condition. We won’t rush you in to rush you out with little concern for the quality of our repairs; we believe this sets us apart from the rest. We also offer a lifetime warranty as long as you own the car.
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