Be a more confident and stay focus
Winter driving can be really intimidating for those who aren’t used to it, and for good reason. Snow and ice make driving dangerous and unpredictable. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you be a more confident and safe driver in winter conditions.
Winter driving may make you feel like everything is moving at super speed, but take a deep breath, turn down the music (and maybe give your kids a tablet to keep them as quiet as you can), and make sure your speed is low, and your actions are in slow motion.
When it comes to braking, assume it’ll take you 2-10 times as long to stop, so leave much more space between you and the car ahead of you. You’ll want to start braking much earlier than normal for a stop sign or a red light and start by slowly pumping the brakes to see how your vehicle responds. Then slowly adjust as needed.
As you change lanes or make a turn, you’ll also want to move in slow motion. Keep your speed low. Ease into the turn, and feel how your car responds. Remember, if you are sliding on ice, you can really only slide straight ahead, so keep an eye on what’s ahead of you. If you can’t stop, you might try to steer yourself to the shoulder or anywhere that you can [get to] safely to avoid a collision.
When driving in winter conditions, it’s particularly important that you avoid driving distracted, and really focus on driving. Focus on safety and know when to call it quits, and you’ll be fine.