Drivers are required to be especially careful and prepare the car adequately before entering traffic, and the key factors are knowledge and caution.
We believe that you, as responsible drivers, have adequately prepared your car for winter, so this time we will deal in more detail with driving on snow and try to draw your attention to some key safety related details.
Before you start driving, clean your car of snow and ice
By that we mean not only glass surfaces that need to be clean to have a good view of the traffic from all sides – but also the roof and canopy.
Drivers often leave low snow on these parts of the body due to laziness or some reason.
That snow later falls off the car while you are driving, endangering other road users, which can be especially dangerous at higher speeds on the highway.
Good windscreen wipers and windscreen washer fluid are equally important
Make sure you always have enough fluid in the tank and if you are going on a long trip to bring a savings pack, you may need it along the way.
A broom or brush with which you will clean the snow deposits of a parked car is also one of the things you should definitely have with you, just like an ice scraper.
When you expect the snow to fall overnight, you can keep these two tools in the house so that you can first clean the snow in the morning before getting into the car, and only then open the vehicle door.
Before moving, make sure you avoid the inside surfaces of the car windows
The advice is to direct the hot air from the ventilation system to the windshield so that this glass surface stays warm while driving.
If the air conditioner is activated while the heating is on, the windows are most effectively dewaxed.
If the ventilation can not do the job completely, make sure you have a dry, clean cloth in the car to reach the parts of the glass that are still misty.
Make sure the windshield wipers are stuck to the windshield due to ice that has formed between the two runs, also do not use it while there is ice on the windshield.
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Due to the snow it adapts to the new driving conditions, but also to change the way of thinking
The golden rule is not to make sudden movements and maneuvers. It is also important that you do not move inappropriately fast, ie that you drive slower than when there is no snow on the road.
On the road you will sometimes encounter special traffic signs for speed limits, which are only valid in case of snowfall on the road. When you see such a sign, make sure you adjust the vehicle speed to the number written on the board.
Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, hoping that the driver behind you will follow the same advice.
Even if it snows, you can no longer drive in the same gear as you drove in dry gear. Especially when you turn in such difficult conditions or go through intersections.
Generally, the advice is to shift the gear lever while driving, which will get better grip when you change direction.
As we have already mentioned, when driving in the snow, it is important that you turn the steering wheel and press the accelerator and brake pedals lightly and measured.
When leaving the place, add the gas moderately by pressing the pedal lightly, until you feel that the vehicle has started to leave the place and that the wheels have good contact with the ground. If you can not start due to the snow cover, try to shift the gear lever in first gear and reverse gear, and move the car back and forth until you get out of the snow.
Reduced friction between the tires and the road surface will result in a longer stopping distance, so braking should start earlier, which also puts less pressure on the control than when driving on dry land. This avoids the loss of control of the vehicle due to sudden braking.
It should be borne in mind that the stopping distance can be two, three or even five times higher than when braking on dry land.
When driving uphill, try to hold the accelerator evenly and not stop unnecessarily, as you may not be able to drive anymore. If the car stops in front of you, make sure you leave enough space for it to start again – count on it sliding and starting to move backwards uncontrollably.
Rearrangement is a very inconvenient process in such difficult driving conditions
Although they know that it is extremely difficult for them to stop their car, some drivers ignore that fact and rearrange themselves in front of other drivers as if the road is dry.
How do they know the driver who cut them off will be able to stop? They do not know, so it is important to always keep a sufficient distance and allow yourself to stop safely.
When changing lanes, do not make sudden movements of the steering wheel and add acceleration as you may lose control of the vehicle.
At all times while driving, it is important to be fully concentrated and even more careful than usual, as driving errors on snow are rarely forgiven.
If you do not have enough experience to drive on snow, look for an empty parking lot or other flat and spacious area where there is no traffic and no other vehicles or pedestrians nearby.
Here you will be able to practice in snow conditions to change direction, accelerate and brake and get a sense of how your car behaves on the snow. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable participants in traffic
Since sidewalks in cities are usually poorly cleaned or occupied by parked vehicles, pedestrians often decide to walk on the road because there is no snow on it.
The problem arises when a car appears. Pedestrians then quickly returned to the sidewalk off the road, but over a pile of snow that had accumulated as they cleared the streets. In those moments, a pedestrian can easily slip in and fall in front of your car.
It all happens so fast that we usually do not even manage to understand and do not respond. Therefore, it is crucial that you do not drive fast through the city. If you see a pedestrian experiencing problems, slow down until you get off the road safely.
Also, a wardrobe that protects pedestrians from the cold in winter (hood, hat, scarf), reduces their mobility, limits their field of vision and generally allows them to hear fewer cars arriving when they are under “winter equipment”.
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