Driving in snow:

Apply these expert winter driving tips for your safety.

Driving in snow: winter driving tips for traveling safely on snow and ice.

Less is more when driving during slippery conditions. Abrupt movements of any kind cause more weight transfer than slow easy movements.

Your vehicle weighs a lot, so keeping things from shifting around too quickly makes for better traction. Slow down, and leave extra space both in front and behind you. Drive with your lights on during the day so others can see you. Brake lightly and minimize skidding by on-and-off use of the brakes. Avoid abrupt downshifts in manual cars. This may cause the drive wheels to skid.

Also remember that visibility is key. Defrost and remove ice from windows before driving. Above all remember that winter driving can be treacherous, and requires a different approach than driving during other times of the year.

Come to Advance Auto Parts for the quality auto parts and supplies you need to safely manage your winter driving.

Why you should learn about winter driving tips and tricks:

The most important safety feature in your vehicle is you, the driver.

Vehicle features such as ABS brakes, traction control, and all- or four-wheel-drive can help you when driving in snow or poor conditions. These features can just as easily give you a false sense of security when driving in snow and leave you unprepared when an emergency situation occurs.

Driver overconfidence leads to accidents, many of which can be avoided with a little preparation and education about driving in snow or other hazardous conditions.

Preparing for winter driving: do it right with these tips.

Think about walking on slippery ice. Driving in snow or on icy roads is the same. Drive smoothly and slow down. Avoid sudden braking, steering and acceleration.

  1. Make sure your seat is adjusted properly. You should be able to easily reach and use all controls.
  2. When driving, hands should be in the 9:00 and 3:00 positions. Use small, slow steering movements on snow and ice.
  3. Oversteering is when the vehicle turns too much. Overcome it with a combination of steering and acceleration. Steer into the direction of the skid, and gently apply the accelerator to regain control.
  4. Understeering is when the car turns too little. This is common in front wheel drive vehicles. Overcome this by slowing down before cornering. Pay attention to traction conditions.
  5. Traction is affected by acceleration and deceleration. When you slow down, the rear has less traction. Speeding up reduces traction up front.
  6. Cornering shifts weight to the tires on the outside of the turn. Controlling a skid means transferring the weight to the tire with the most traction.
  7. Road camber is how the road is banked. Be aware of camber and adjust speed and driving accordingly. Camber can work for or against you.

When braking, don’t panic. Panic braking may cause the wheels to lock, causing a skid. Gentle on-and-off use of brakes allows the tires to grip.

Count on Advance Auto Parts for quality auto parts and expert winter driving tips.