10 Winter Driving Tips

Driving in the snow can be stressful, even if you have one of the many different models with four-wheel drive from Larry H. Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 104th. We want you and your family to be safe and sound, so be sure to keep some of these driving tips in mind this winter!

1.    Do not slam on your brakes! When you begin to slip and slide, it might seem like the most logical thing to do is slam on the brakes. Wrong! Instead, when you feel that you’re sliding, you should ease of the gas and allow your car to slow on its own. 

2.    When you skid, let off your gas and gently turn your steering wheel in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to over-correct, and do not accelerate until you are headed in the direction you would like to go.

3.    Make sure your tires have enough traction. Without good tires, your car will be very difficult to control in the snow or rain.

4.    Look down the road and know what is ahead. You will need to give yourself enough time to slow for traffic lights, turns and slowing cars.

5.    For taking turns, it is important that you slow down. As you near the turn, begin with steady braking. Once you arrive at the turn, ease off the brakes and smoothly steer your car.

6.    Hills can be difficult to handle in the snow. Do not apply brakes on a hill, whether it be uphill or downhill. When nearing an incline, accelerate to give yourself enough momentum to get up the hill. When approaching a decline, slow as much as you can, and then coast down the hill and maintain control of your car—if you absolutely must, sparingly use your brakes to control speed. 

7.    “The latest smart AWD can help a vehicle turn on snowy roads — a little. However, the difference is a small fraction of that offered by winter tires or even brand-new all-season tires. Also, since AWD can do nothing to help you stop, be aware that it creates a false sense of security,” said Mac Demere of Edmunds.com.

8.    Do not follow cars in front of you too closely. Be sure to give plenty of room, in the snow you should double or even triple the normal distance you’d give.

9.    The heavier the vehicle… the longer it will take to stop.

10.  If the snow is bad, and you don’t have to drive… don’t drive!

With close adherence to these tips, you’ll be better off when that next winter storm rolls in and blankets the streets with white fluff. Be sure to share these tips with your friends and family, so we can all have a safe holiday and winter season!
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