Tips for Driving in the Snow
West Hartford, Connecticut has some winter weather coming tomorrow! We wanted to provide you with a few tips to keep you and your family safe during inclement weather.
Stay home: This is the #1 rule. You should only go out if it's absolutely necessary. Even if you think you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by going out.
Accelerate and decelerate slowly: Apply the gas slowly to gain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight because you have very little traction. Remember, it takes much longer to slow down on icy roads.
Drive slowly: Always adjust your speed to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice. In case for skidding or sliding, this will allow extra time for you to react and correct your line.
Safe following distance: Keep your distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop for cars or ligjhts.
Do NOT stop: There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If possible, try to slow down enough to keep rolling slowly until a traffic light changes. A significant following distance helps in this scenario.
Manage your brakes: Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal. This will allow you to have more control over your vehicle and make split second decisions when needed.
Create a runway for going up a hill: It's almost impossible to get moving up a hill on an icy road. We advise you get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
Don’t power up hills: Accelerating heavily on snow covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
If your vehicle needs any services due to winter travel, give the International Auto Service Center a call at (860) 953-1675 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment today!