Driving in snow: winter driving tips & winter safety tips

Tomorrow is a week of the monumental collapse in the AP-6 because of the snowstorm that fell in the central area of ​Spain, caught off guard motorists who returned home on the day Reyes. The traffic jams on the aforementioned road left three thousand vehicles trapped for many hours.

The matter is bringing tail, almost as much as the retentions of that day. Not only because the Government and the concessionaire of the highway have blamed each other, but also because of the role played by the Traffic Department in the crisis. First recriminating the drivers for their lack of foresight and then publishing a controversial tweet – later removed – in which recommended an emergency kit consisting of an endless list of objects.

In addition to having certain key elements for driving in snow (such as fitting winter tires or carrying chains in the trunk in case they need to be placed on the driving wheels), it is very important to perform a cautious driving in this type of circumstances, when the Pavement is slippery and the car easily loses traction .

It is convenient to start the car with the second gear ratio geared to prevent the wheels from skidding. Once on the road, you have to drive with the longest possible gear and increase the safety distance with respect to the previous vehicle, since both the space and the braking time increase on surfaces with poor grip. [wp_ad_camp_3]

It is important to moderate the speed, as well as accelerate and brake smoothly, without any brusqueness that can make you lose control of the car. To reduce the speed, it is advisable to lift the foot off the accelerator, if this action is not enough and you have to brake, you must first use the engine brake, lowering the gears and finally pressing the pedal, but progressively. You also have to be very fine in handling the steering, without swerving.

The visual anticipation is key, especially in curves, where the driver must circulate watching the exit of the same, never the front of the car. The farther you fix your gaze, the more advanced you can move and avoid risky situations.

If the car loses grip and begins to skid, it is important to remain calm. The stability control of the vehicle will help to recover the trajectory. It is best to redirect the car with smooth movements on the steering wheel, without performing aggressive or abrupt maneuvers that could end in a tragic accident.