How to Drive During Winter


The snow, ice, and sleet that come with winter in the Virginia Beach, VA area present a unique set of driving challenges that do not occur at any other time of year. Once you have prepared your vehicle for winter by getting a tuneup at one of the car service centers at Hall | MileOne Autogroup, you should brush up on these tips about how to drive during the winter without getting in an accident.

Accelerate and decelerate slowly: Snow and ice on the road can cause a loss of traction. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method to avoid skidding on roads with low traction. Also, remember that it takes longer to slow down on an icy road, so apply the brakes earlier than you typically would.

Know your brakes: Whether or not you have anti-lock brakes on your car, the best way to stop on an icy road is threshold braking. In order to use threshold braking, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply steady pressure on the brake pedal.

Drive Slowly: Snow-covered roads make everything take longer. Instead of speeding past all the traffic, the safest route is to drive slowly and give yourself time to maneuver.

Leave space between the car in front of you: When driving on dry pavement, the typical guideline is to leave three to four seconds of distance between you and the car in front of you. However, on slippery roads, that distance should be increased to eight to 10 seconds. This distance will give you the longer stopping distance that is necessary.

For more tips on how to drive during the winter, stop by a Hall | MileOne Autogroup dealership today.

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