Depending on where you live, winter conditions may differ greatly: perhaps you live up north and your roads are covered in snow for three months on end, or maybe you live down south and “winter” doesn’t affect your driving experience. Some states get a dynamic winter season marked by 75 degree days in December and three straight weeks of snow and ice in January.
Avoid Speeding Tickets With Our Radar Detector, But Drive Safe This Winter
The reality is that, though we cannot control the weather, we can control how we react to it and prepare for it. While The Judge 2.0, our passive radar jammer and leader in radar technology, is great for use on days where the roads are clear, it’s important to know how to drive in snowy conditions with or without the use of our signature radar detector.
Here are a few quick driving tips to help you reach your destination safely as the fall season proceeds and winter rapidly approaches.
Check The Weather Conditions And Give Yourself Extra Time
Driving in snowy conditions or slick roads is not a great time to rush yourself. You’ll need to give yourself extra time to stop, accelerate, and make turns. Even if your vehicle is equipped with good snow tires and all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, you have to remember that other drivers may not have these things. Watch out for them.
Don’t Brake Suddenly
Should you slam on your brake on a slick surface — even with ABS equipped on your vehicle — you could begin sliding uncontrollably. Braking suddenly could also cause the driver behind you to rear end you because they couldn’t stop in time. If there’s one takeaway you get from this blog post, it’s simply to drive slow.
If You Start To Slide, Let Off The Gas
By taking your foot off of the accelerator, you’ll slow down and regain control of your vehicle. Applying more gas will only cause you to fishtail even more, a mistake that many drivers make.
Leave More Following Distance Between You And The Car You’re Following
You can’t control other driver’s actions (and the weather, like we said), but you can control your preemptive reactions to their actions. Giving yourself more following distance allows you enough room to safely brake if they decide to slam on their brakes. This can help avoid a multi-vehicle fender bender and a heck of a headache.
Always Keep Your Fuel Tank As Full As Possible
The extra weight may help your vehicle with traction in certain cases, but more importantly, you’ll want that extra fuel available in the event of an emergency or standstill traffic due to whiteout conditions. It’s always better to get home with more fuel in the tank than getting stranded on the way back.