I live in a state that snows and my parents are from the mid-west, where it snows all the way up to the door, so they know how to drive in the snow, and they thoroughly taught me how to drive in the snow.
I drove to work in a blizzard last year, in a foot of snow, and then later, it snowed 4 feet. I do not recommend this, and I will never risk my life again for a job.
Anyway’s I have some pointers on how to drive in the snow that will help. Some people at work that I know, do not know how to drive in the snow, and they have 4 wheel drive trucks with new tires, and the poor things stay the night at work.
- First things first you need new tires. When you take your car in for an oil change, ask them how much tread you have on your tires, and how many more miles they will be good for. The best snow tires are studded snow tires, but in the summer you will need to change these and put on regular tires. This is the best option. It is a horrible idea to drive with old tires, without enough tread. You will slip and slide, and have a possiblity of getting stuck. I don’t see how it is safe, and I don’t see the point of driving with new tires.
- Secondly, you shouldn’t drive in the snow if the air in your tires is low. You need to drive with your tires full. Some cars will tell you how much air is in the tires. My Dad has a tire compressor that tells you how much air is in your tires, and also adds air if needed.
- When you are going to drive forward or back up, you need to make sure that your tires are straight. You also need to make sure your tires are straight when you park.
- When you are going to pull out of the parking lot going forward or back up, you need to not go very slow, but give it some gas, and pull out. If you pull out really slow, you will get stuck.
- After backing out, and straighten the wheel and drive forward. Don’t try to go straight without the wheels being straight.
- When you are driving, do not spin the wheels, you need to drive not too slow and not too fast, so that your tires grip the snow, think about the relationship between the tires, and the snow, and the snow gripping the tires.
- When you are turning, never put your foot on the break, you will spin.
- when you are stopping, pump your breaks, do this early on, so that you do not slide into the next person.
- When you are going up a hill you need to go a little faster so you don’t get stuck, maybe 25-35 mph. You can’t drive up a hill at 5 mph and expect to not get stuck. Once again you need to go fast enough for the snow to grip the tires, but not too fast to where you spin the tires, and not too slow to where you get stuck. Figuring this relationship out between speed is the key.
- At the same time, you need to use slower speeds driving, you can’t go the speed limit on the highway if it’s 65-75 mph. Go at the speed that you feel comfortable. When it is really bad, I don’t think I go past 45 miles per hour, but I’ve been driving in the snow for 25 years.
- Bring cat litter, or melting snow salt, and a shovel in case you get stuck. You can try to dig your way out, and if you get stuck, try to drive not too fast or slow when pulling out and make sure your tires and straight. Also bring warm blankets, boots, gloves.
Stay safe and warm this winter. I hope this post was helpful.
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Sincerley by Michelle gast