Winter Driving and Safety Tips

Photo by: Crystal Newgen

The East Coast is bracing for severe freezing temperatures and every state from Maine to Florida has been issued a weather alert. Now probably isn’t the time to be traveling on the roads, but if you do find yourself driving, Chevrolet is offering a few really useful tips.

Photo by: Austin Newgen
Photo by: Austin Newgen

1. The most dangerous/slippery temperature range between 24 – 34 degrees

You likely have a mental note that anything below 32 degrees Fahrenheit is dangerous but in reality, the worst range is 24 – 34 degrees when there is snow or ice on the ground. Cars driving on a snow/ice covered surface in that range causes the snow/ice to melt and wet snow/ice has less grip than solid snow/ice.

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2. Snow has 50% less grip than a dry surface, ice has 75% less grip.

We know that snow and ice offer less traction than a dry surface but most don’t realize how much less. Snow has half the traction of a dry surface and ice has 75% less grip. Adjust your driving (and braking!) accordingly.

3. Take off bulky coats and gloves

Driving is a sensory experience and bulky gloves can mute the feedback through the steering wheel. It also makes it more difficult for you to operate the secondary controls like turn indicators and the heat. Bulky coats can restrict your arm movement and limit your reactions in the event of an emergency.

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4. Turn down the heat

Speaking of heat, you should avoid the urge to turn the interior of your vehicle into a sauna to chase the chill away. Keeping the inside of your car too warm can make you drowsy. You should remain alert at all times when driving, especially in winter conditions.

5. Don’t wear big snow boots

Similar to the advice about gloves, big bulky boots make it more difficult to feel the accelerator and brake pedals. They can also slow your reaction time in an emergency situation.

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Driving in wintery conditions is dangerous and there is fundamental advice given out every year about driving in winter weather. It includes: removing all snow and ice from your vehicle so you can see properly, making sure your tires and battery are in good shape and even carrying kitty litter in the trunk the event you get stuck.

Bonus tip: The easiest way to stay safe in a winter storm is to stay off the roads. But if you must drive, keep the tips above in mind.

For more tips, check out this video by Chevrolet.

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