Since accidents are common in winter, you should be extra cautious while driving. Drive on slippery roads at reduced speed and increase following distance behind vehicle ahead. This gives an additional space cushion for a safe stopping. Because winter driving can be risky, it is also a good idea to practise driving in slippery conditions so you are well-prepared and comfortable. A safe stop on icy or snow-packed roads is a tricky manoeuvre that requires skill and good judgement.
Anticipate stops by slowing down gradually, well ahead of junctions. And allows for more than enough time to stop safely.
Plan ahead of time for lane changes; check your rear view mirror, your blind spots and signal your intentions to traffic behind you. Then, swing over in a long, gradual line. Make the move with the smallest possible steering change and with a light food on the accelerator.
When you drive into deep snow, stepping on the accelerator may cause the wheels to spin, with little if any forward movement. In such cases, avoid over-accelerating. A light foot on the accelerator and a high gear is most effective.
Ensure your Safety
Whenever you will be driving in any weather, be sure your vehicle is properly equipped. Your brakes should be functioning correctly, and your tyres should be properly inflated with a good tread surface. Sometimes snow tyres, and even chains, may be best to help keep your vehicle under control during dangerous winter conditions.
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