The scorching weather that prevails in most of India in the summertime is relieved during the winter. They can, however, seriously affect daily life in other areas. Winter driving conditions can be hazardous, so you should take a few precautions to safeguard yourself and your car. Here are some tips to ensure you drive safely and comfortably this winter.
Understand Your Car's Potential
Drivers must be aware of the safety equipment that comes standard in cars. Find out whether there are any built-in safety features.
When accelerating from a stopped or slowed position or attempting to climb a steep hill, traction control in a vehicle aids in acquiring traction on snowy, icy, or wet surfaces.
Most modern cars also come with an anti-lock braking system, which improves tyre traction in emergencies and aids in steering. When activated, ABS may vibrate. Keep applying and maintaining pressure on the brake pedal.
Keep in mind that the finest safety feature of your car is you. To ensure your safe arrival at your destination, take precautions. Never leave your car if you are stranded in an unexpected location. Ensure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow, dirt, or other obstructions by lighting flares in front of and behind the vehicle.
Make your car winter ready
- Here are some recommendations for winterizing your car in addition to routine maintenance:
- Check your battery; when the temperature drops, battery power declines.
- Check to see if the cooling system is functioning properly.
- Have your car fitted with winter tyres that have a wider, more flexible tread.
- Check the tread on your tyres if you're using all-season tyres, and replace them if it's less than 2/32 of an inch.
- Tire pressure should be checked because it drops as the temperature drops.
- Examine your wiper blades and replace them as necessary.
Add wiper fluid with a -30 degree rating.
- To prevent gas line freeze, keep your gas tank at least halfway full.
Just Before You Start
- To be able to see what's around you, clean your car's side view mirrors and external cameras.
- To enable assistive driving features like automated emergency braking, and clean snow, ice, and dirt from the sensors.
- You might want to warm up the automobile before driving it in cold weather.
- Never leave a car running in your garage, even with the garage door up, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If feasible, wait out the storm if the forecast is questionable; if you must go, let someone know your travel itinerary and plans before you depart.
Ways to Prevent a Crash
The following is some driving advice from AAA:
- In cold weather, stay away from utilising cruise control.
- In order to avoid having to excessively correct to stay in your lane when your wheels regain traction, steer in the direction of a skid.
- Slowly increase and decrease the speed
- Increasing the following time by 8–10 seconds
- When ascending a hill, if at all feasible, keep moving.
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