Winter Driving

by : dennis james

When winter comes, a large number of drivers panic and some of even get so scared, that they do not start their cars until spring. Indeed, driving in wintertime can be dangerous and scary, especially is you are a new driver.

Winter driving has to be approached differently than driving in summer time, but if you follow some basic steps and rules, winter driving can be achieved with relative ease. If you live in a part of the country where winter lasts for several months, these instructions will come in handy. Remember, winter driving should be treated differently from summer driving, but things are not that scary as you might think.

First, before the cold season arrives you should do a complete car check up to be sure it is ready to face winter. For example, check that you have winter tires (this is one of the most important steps you should take when winter comes, as your safety and car's performance are directly related to the tire's condition). So buying special winter tires is essential if you want to your car to be able to handle in the snow and on icy surfaces.

It is very important to make sure the tire treads are wide and deep to allow for all snow types. Certain types of snow are more prone to 'packing' and proving some types of tires essentially useless (summer tires are virtually non-effective in snow or in cold weather). While the tires are among the most important elements when it comes to making winter driving easy, other parts of the car should be inspected also. You should check that the car's oil and servo fluids to be sure that they have no problem in facing the cold temperatures of winter.

Having a winter emergency kit can prove essential in facing winter with no issues. If you are stuck because of a car failure somewhere near a busy road, someone may pull over to provide assistance. But if you are out in the middle of nowhere and have no cell phone coverage, such an emergency kit could save your life.

When it comes to creating the kit, there are several things you should not forget. Essentials for the kit include some extra hats and extra gloves for your passengers. A first aid kit is also essential in case of injuries.

When driving in winter, a bag of sand, kitty litter and a bag or two of salt to spread on the ground if any of the tires aren't getting any traction are also things you should buy before going out of the city. Some other important things to include in your emergency kit are a flashlight, some matches (incase you have to start a fire), some flares if you can find to signal others that you are in danger. Also before you start on your trip make sure your cell phone is fully charged, so you can have enough battery power to call rescue teams. Also make sure your gas tanks are full, as you might need to keep your engine running to keep the inside of the car warm in you get stuck.

These things may sound scary, but it is better to be prepared for the worst when it comes to winter driving so you can turn it into a safe trip. You may not need all of the above things for yourself, but you can also use them to help others that have get stuck in deep snow.