Due to the fact that we up here in the North East are supposed to get about 26,000 feet of snow this weekend, I figured I’d throw up a piece that shows you, the drivers out there, how to combat the white stuff. The first and most obvious way to combat the snow is to simply stay home. If you don’t need to drive in foul weather than don’t. If you must go in the snow or for some reason get stuck in a storm, here’s some quick advice that may help you out.
SLOW DOWN: Ladies and gentleman, driving on snow can be like driving on oil. You can have zero traction, zero maneuverability and zero braking power. The slower you go the better off you are. Not only will your slower speeds help you stop quicker, but they help you avoid other accidents that may have already taken place.
TIRES: These little babies are your most important weapons in inclement weather. Remember that your tires are what connect your vehicle to the pavement. Tread wear, tire pressure and even tire size are very important. For example, before you go out into the snow just bend down and take a quick look at your rubber. Do you have sufficient tread on those skins? Do they look under-inflated? Also, if you are running wide low-profile tires, odds are you’re not going to get to far due to the performance oriented tread design. A quick way to check your tread depth is simple. Take a penny and stick it into the tread of your tire with Abe’s head facing downward. If it sinks over Abe’s hairline you’re good, if not consider buying some new rubber.
BRAKING: Most new cars today have anti-lock brakes which is good because they will keep your wheels from locking up in the event of a panic stop. Keep in mind however, that they WILL NOT prevent you from skidding. Now, in the event that you find yourself going into a skid you may be able to remedy it by doing the following. Take your foot off the accelerator and slowly turn into the skid, this will help your car level out. DO NOT slam on the brake pedal, as this will only cause the skid to get worse. When the car begins to level out, SLOWLY steer back into the direction you want go in and press the accelerator GENTLY.
4X4, AWD & Front Wheel Drive: All of these are great devices and will help you gain traction in inclement weather. They WILL NOT however prevent you from sliding, slipping, skidding, meandering and or careening into another vehicle or obstruction. One thing that drives me insane is when I see an SUV and AWD cars and trucks buzzing me when there is snow or ice on the road. As I said, these will help you gain traction to get you moving and keep you moving, but they won’t do a damn thing if you begin to slide. So, if your car, truck or SUV is so equipped, please do us all a favor and forgo your feelings of invincibility and just slow the f*ck down…
WINTER EQUIPMENT: Here is a listing of a few items you may want to keep in the car during those winter months.
• Booster cables
• Snow shovel and scraper
• Extra clothing
• Extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze
• Cloth/paper towels
So there you have it… a few tips from the guys at Ridelust.com to keep you happy and safe during the winter months…