What NOT to Do When Driving in Winter
Weather conditions are a major factor in determining the challenges that drivers will face on the road. Weather influences road visibility, control over the vehicle and braking ability. With winter weather fast approaching in Ontario, it’s important for drivers out there to start practicing cautious winter driving. So, make sure to avoid the following on the road this winter!
Cold weather brings snow and ice, which greatly increases the difficulty of coming to an abrupt stop. To ensure you can safely stop on the road, leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you and definitely AVOID tailgating.
Leaving additional space, between you and other vehicles, prevents you from potentially rear-ending someone, should you find yourself sliding forward upon trying to brake.
“Pumping” the Brakes
Although the concept of pumping the brakes–if you find your wheels skidding in slippery conditions–is not flawed, it is unnecessary if your vehicle has an antilock braking system (ABS).
72% of new vehicles sold today are constructed with ABS. If you’re unsure whether or not your vehicle has ABS, an ABS light on your dashboard is an easy indicator you have antilock brakes. If you’re still unsure, your owner’s annual will tell you whether or not your vehicle has this function.
Not Properly Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter
As a vehicle owner, it’s not only your responsibility to exercise caution during winter driving, but also to ensure your vehicle is properly prepared for this season of driving. Having your vehicle brought in for maintenance, prior to the winter season, can confirm it will be functioning properly for the winter months. To learn more about preparing your vehicle for winter, check out our blog on Winter Readiness!
Winter driving comes with its challenges. At Big City Complete Auto Care, our team of automotive professionals is more than capable of getting your vehicle equipped for the winter months ahead!