Snow, ice, rain and fog are just some of the inclement weather during the winter season. It is necessary to take into account a series of tips to maintain road safety also in winter. Why is it so important to pay attention to how to drive in winter?
Check the status of your vehicle
Before starting to drive, you have to check the condition of the vehicle. Take it to a workshop to make sure everything is in order and there is no risk to safety. Check the level of all the liquids in the car and, above all, the antifreeze. Brakes and steering must work 100%. No less important are the windshield wipers to ensure visibility even with any type of rain, snow or the “spray” effect of the vehicles that circulate in front of us. Also check that the heating and that the windows are playing correctly.
Change the tires or take the chains
If you are going to drive on mountain roads or very cold areas it is recommended to change the tires for winter ones.
If you do not decide to change the tires the snow chains should be present in your trunk, always. A cold wave can bring snow or ice to any corner and we must be prepared for it. The disadvantage of snow chains is their installation. It is necessary to know how to install them before leaving.
Do you have everything you need?
Before leaving you have to check that we carry the emergency triangle, the reflective vest…. It is also useful to carry a small snow shovel, in case we get stuck, gloves and a blanket. The deposit is full, is another of the tips. If the car is immobilized on the road by heavy snow, it is convenient that you can keep the heating on.
In times of poor visibility such as winter, it is advisable to use lights during the day. Check the correct operation of all lights, both front and rear. It is the period with the fewest hours of light, so it is very important to see and be seen, to drive in winter safely. A good regulation of the lights will allow us, not to dazzle the other drivers, and at the same time take better advantage of the light beam of our bulbs.
If snow is expected, stay home
The best recommendation for driving safely in the winter is to be farsighted and not drive in those circumstances. If it is not possible and we have to face the road, it is convenient to know that:
When the thermometers mark zero or less, the road may be icy. Shady areas are very dangerous because they can have ice sheets. The first hours of the day are the most likely. Keep in mind that so that the car does not slip or skid, moderation and low speed will be your allies. Softness with the steering wheel and the accelerator and use the brake as little as possible.
It is common that with the contrast of heat from the interior of the car with the cold of the outside the crystals are fogged. It is necessary to eliminate the steam from the windows with the car’s air conditioning system.
When you park in an area with very low temperatures, you have to lift the windshield wipers to prevent them from breaking with snow or ice. Also keep in mind that brake pads can freeze and stick to the disc.
If despite all these recommendations to drive safely in winter, your car is stuck or immobilized by a large snowfall, it is advisable to leave freeway to the snowplows and not leave the vehicle without knowing a place to take refuge.