With many local areas experiencing below average levels of snowfall and precipitation this season, winter conditions have caught many drivers off guard. Michael Hopwood, BF Goodrich Winter Driving Instructor, give us some tips on how to tackle some common challenges drivers face in the winter.
Understeer: Drivers experience understeer when they turn their wheel left or right and the vehicle continues to travel in a straight line. This can usually be corrected by gently slowing down to allow your tires to gain more traction.
Climbing a Hill: Your vehicle is able to get much more traction when the wheels are pointed in a straight line. Consider using a lower gear and apply the gas slowly and evenly to allow your tires to gain traction while climbing a hill.
More Winter Driving Tips:
Check your Tires: Maintaining a good set of tires is critical in winter weather. Be sure to rotate your tires every 5,000 miles, frequently check your tire pressure and check monthly to ensure that tires have sufficient tread depth. Ideally, tires should have at least 6/32” of remaining tread depth to achieve the best performance in winter weather.
Slow Down: One of the easiest things you can do to drive safely in winter weather is slow down. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the motorist in front of you.
Eliminate Distractions: It is never a good idea to talk or text on your cell phone while you are driving but it is especially important to eliminate all distractions during winter weather conditions so that you can respond to changes in road conditions and hazards as quickly as possible.
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