Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

4 Essential Things to Know About Winter Driving

Winter Driving

Freezing temperatures are here, and with them are snow and ice. While most people know to make sure their tires are properly inflated, the gas tank is full and to bring along an emergency kit when dealing with these conditions, many don’t know some of the most important things to keep in mind about winter driving. Keep reading to find out what you should know before you head out.

Slow Everything

You already know to accelerate and drive slower when the roads are icy, but you also have to make sure you turn slower as well. Additionally, make sure to give yourself much more time to stop than you would in dry conditions; and again, brake slowly rather than stomping on them. Doing all of these things more slowly will minimize the slipping and sliding so you can arrive safely.

Clean Off Your Vehicle

Yes, it’s cold, but you still need to remove more than just the snow and ice from in front of your face on the windshield. In fact, you need to clean the entire car off – including using a broom to knock the snow off the top. While it might not affect you, snow and ice blowing off your vehicle can limit visibility and even damage the cars that are driving behind you. If you can’t handle the cold long enough to do a thorough cleaning, either park in a garage or pay the neighbor's kid.

Safety Features Won’t Save You

Safety features are helpful, but you can’t rely on them to keep you safe during winter driving. Here’s a hint: that AWD system you think will keep you on the road is meant for improved acceleration – not better grip in the ice and snow. Additionally, be aware that antilock brakes will make it take longer to stop, so leave plenty of space.

Size Isn’t Everything

Winter driving has a way of making all vehicles relatively equal. This means that your massive SUV doesn’t make it possible for you to drive faster than everyone around you. Doing so is just asking for trouble, especially if you try to turn too quickly or hit a patch of ice under the snow.

Make sure your car is prepared for winter driving. Contact YourMechanic for help with proper tire inflation, battery replacement and other services that can help keep you safer on the roads.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How Long Does a Throttle Return Spring Last?
Not all vehicles on the road feature an electronic throttle control (ETC), which is also called drive-by-wire. For vehicles that don't offer this system, they have a throttle cable instead that...
How to Find the Keyless Code on a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer
Many Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers were manufactured with an option known as the Ford keyless entry keypad. Some models refer to it as SecuriCode as well. It...
P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem What the P0121 code means P0121 is a generic OBD-II code which indicates that the Engine Control...


Related questions

Q: How do I read the coolant temperature gauge?

The coolant temperature gauge is located on the instrument panel, inside the tachometer. This gauge tells you the temperature of the coolant, and therefore the engine. When the coolant gauge is in the right zone, near the H, then your...

Q: clutch feeling softer

Hello! This can depend on a variety of factors, but specifically, your driving style can cause this. If you tend to drive harder than normal - meaning you tend to transfer a lot of power through the clutch by...

Q: Check engine and maintenance lights come on while bucking. But only when it's snowing. Otherwise everything is fine.

Hi there. What seems to be happening is the wheels are spinning out of control and the traction control is coming on. The feeling could be the wheels jerking the vehicle around and making your vehicle feel like its bucking....