Driving in winter weather can be difficult, but living in Toronto means it’s a fact of life. Whether you’re taking on icy roads or gusts of snow and wind, these winter driving safety tips will help you feel safer and more confident behind the wheel.
Learn How To Get Out Of A Skid
Slick roads can easily cause your car to skid. Luckily, there are ways to get your car out of a skid or lessen its severity. For front skids, ease off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you want to go. With a rear skid, simply turn your steering wheel in the direction you want to go. Remember, keep your feet off the pedals when this is happening.
Avoid Slamming On Your Brakes Or Accelerating Quickly
If it’s slippery out, you want to avoid fast movements with your vehicle. So, avoid slamming on your brakes when you need to stop quickly. Instead, pump them. It will help stop your vehicle while also preventing a skid from occurring. Also, make sure you accelerate slowly as you drive.
Increase Your Following Distance
To give you time to react to unexpected situations, make sure you drive slowly and keep a significant amount of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Clear Off Your Car Well
Snow and ice can build up on your vehicle when it’s sitting outside. Before you start driving, make sure your car’s windows, hood, taillights, and headlights are all clear of snow and ice. Also, make sure you clear off your car’s roof. You don’t want to affect the visibility of the driver behind you!
It’s also important to keep up with scheduled maintenance during the winter months. For all your cold-weather car care needs, make an appointment with our expert service department at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto.