When driving your car in snowy or any kind of wet weather, it is important to know what needs to be done in order to avoid going into a spin, which causes you to completely lose control of the vehicle. Cars have more trouble in inclement weather, and it sometimes seems that they weren’t meant for snowy weather at all! In fact, it is always recommended that people do not drive in blizzard conditions because of this well-known fact. However, there are those who cannot avoid driving in the snow or any inclement weather due to work or other extenuating circumstances. Then again, cars can spin in the rain as well.
Practice Makes Perfect
It isn’t common practice to recommend driving in conditions such as the snow, but if there is a parking lot nearby with no cars present, it is a good idea to practice driving in snowy conditions if it is something you know you cannot avoid. It is important to know how to steer in snowy conditions, how to brake when the roads are slippery, and what to do just in case you ever go into a spin. If you do spin in the empty parking lot, everything should be okay. However, the idea behind practicing is to not go into a spin, and not do any damage to your car so you need a car repair.
When braking in bad weather conditions, how you brake depends on the type of vehicle you are driving. If driving a truck, you have to step on the brakes a lot harder than in a car. In cars, you should only have to tap on the brakes gently to avoid sliding or spinning. Spins cause accidents, which might leave you in need of a car repair. In a responsible way (not doing doughnuts in the parking lot), you can practice working your way out of a dangerous skid that can lead to a dangerous spin. This will also come in handy if you ever skid in rainy conditions as well. Through practice, you become more familiar with how your car reacts to slippery conditions and you also become familiar with how to work your way out of skids and spins.
On the Road
A great way to avoid a dangerous spin is to keep an eye on the car in front of you and not follow too closely. You may be calm, but there are other people who tend to panic when road conditions are not safe. If you notice that someone is not driving safely, maneuver around them if possible. If it seems that it will be too dangerous to maneuver around them, follow far behind them so that in case they lose control, you have plenty of time to safely brake. Braking too hard can cause you to spin.
In instances where black ice may be present, drive safely. Anytime that it is below freezing outside, the chance for black ice exists whether there has been precipitation or not. You never know when someone might throw a McDonald’s cup out their car window and a puddle of soda has frozen on the road. If you do feel the car skid, simply let up off of the gas and under no circumstances hit the brakes. If you do need to hit the brakes, make sure you pump the brake lightly, instead of slamming down on it with your foot. This will help prevent a skid and keep your brakes from locking. This applies to all road conditions. If you are in a skid, steer in the direction of the skid. Steering the opposite direction can make the situation even worse by risking turnover.
Practicing in snowy conditions in an empty parking lot can certainly allow you to know your car better. It also prepares you for slippery road conditions of all types during any time of the year. However, it is in the snow that most spinning accidents occur, so it is important to stay very aware of the conditions and of those driving around you in order to be as safe as possible.
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Driving in snowy or rainy weather can be a dangerous prospect. It’s important to practice safe driving habits before an accident occurs, so that you can prevent having to pay for an auto repair.