It's something we don't often think about, being based in Louisiana: Winter Weather. And in light of certain weather events, we thought it would be good to brush up on some winter weather driving techniques, quick tips, and tricks.
1. Take the time to make sure your tires are inflated.
This seems like a no-brainer, but it's something that is always necessary to do--especially when it's freezing out.
2. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freezing.
We posted about this on our facebook page a few months back, but we want to mention it again; don't let your gas line freeze up! Keep your gas tank as full as possible, and you will be good-to-go.
3. If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy, and snowy weather.
Even though the emergency brake cable is housed in a protective sleeve, the cable can become corroded. This can result emergency brake failure--when you need it most! In freezing temperatures, the emergency brake cable can fail to release when the lever is disengaged due to the cable becoming frozen. According to USACE, the best option in freezing weather is to not use the emergency brake at all. (howstuffworks.com)
4. Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
This is the best method for avoiding skids. It takes much longer to slow down on icy roads. Also, don't stop your car if you can avoid it! If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
5. Turn your steering wheel into a skid.
If you find yourself skidding, (without braking or accelerating,) turn your steering wheel in the direction that your back wheels are headed. This will be the safest way for you to stop your vehicle in icy conditions. Also, it is incredibly important to stay calm. If something scary like this happens, turning too much or braking too quickly can make matters worse.
6. Give yourself plenty of time!
Do your best to not be in a hurry--give yourself ample time to make your appointments. Remember, staying calm is the way to be safe in icy weather!
7. STAY HOME!
If you really don't have to go out, please don't. Even if you've mastered the art of driving in the sleet, ice, and snow, that doesn't mean that everyone else has!