How To Drive In the Snow


cathy3087
on Dec 23, 2010 @ 03:20 pm

I just saw this video on Msn.ca and yes, it might seem like common sense to some, but other people just don't know the precautions to take when driving in the snow.  Plus we can always use a refresher.  One of me best friends got into an accident a few weeks ago after slipping on black ice and she wound up in a ditch!  Thankfully she is okay (her car is totaled) but it goes to show that everyone is at risk when driving in poor weather conditions.

http://autos.ca.msn.com/video/?cp-documentid=4dd2510c-a7f9-445a-bdd2-047428cfe15c


What precautions do you take to stay safe on the road this winter?
 


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jchang212
Another Tip on Dec 23, 2010 @ 03:45 pm

I still have yet to experience driving in the snow, but I'm not in a hurry.

One tip that I've learned in the past is that if you start spinning, turn into the spin instead of your natural instinct to turn away. Physics says that you will gain control and be able to stop more easily if you do.

Science rules!
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mamaluv
that's true! on Dec 23, 2010 @ 03:58 pm

@jchang212, you're absolutely right. I know this from experience because of several accidents I had years ago by NOT turning into my spin!
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cathy3087
nice on Dec 23, 2010 @ 04:10 pm

That's a great tip! I didn't know that but I'll definitely keep it top of mind when I'm driving in the snow just in case.
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emilykw
Be "gentle" on Dec 26, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

Whenever I've been driving in the snow (this is my first winter driving but I've been doing a lot of it!), I always make sure to accelerate slowly and give myself lots of time to brake. My big fear is braking too late and sliding into an intersection. I also keep the heaters on if the windows are foggy.
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Ali de Bold
Keep a lot of space between cars and press brake slowly on Dec 27, 2010 @ 05:39 pm

The best place to learn to drive in the winter is Winnipeg. I feel very confident driving in sketchy conditions from growing up there. You need to leave much more space between your car and the one ahead of you and when you brake, do so slowly. Never slam on the brake unless you want to do donuts.
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