Colorado Springs Auto Repair

Driving in the Snow: How to Stay Safe

When you live in an area that snows, you’ve seen and encountered those overconfident drivers. Driving in the snow is precarious -- you have to be cautious about what you will encounter on those icy roads. Driving in snow can definitely be nerve wracking, but the team at Airport Automotive is here to help with these tips for driving in the snow: 

  1. The secret to safe snow driving begins with smoothness. In the snow, your tires already don’t have a solid grip on the road, and if you drive jerkily, the chance of accident automatically increases. Imagine as if you are driving with a scalding cup of coffee in your lap, and you can’t spill it! 
  2. It’s all about anticipation -- the slipperier the road gets, the more you need to think and look ahead. Slow down for upcoming turns and stops. Driving safely takes extra focus. 
  3. Your vehicle is most likely equipped with a stability-control system that will warn you if your wheels are straying off the intended path. This warning will look like a small, amber light that is in the outline of car with squiggly lines. In situations like these, ease back on the accelerator. Your vehicle will regain grip. 
  4. Always, always look where you want to go. 
  5. Skids can be scary, but they are manageable -- first, don’t step on the brakes. Second, if you are dealing with a front-wheel skid (your front tires will lose grip and your will turn in a wide arc), ease off the gas. Soon your front tires will regain traction. You can then aim where you want to go. Third, for rear wheel skids, your rear wheels will lose traction, and you will feel your vehicle start to skid out. In this situation, turn the steering wheel in the same direction that the rear end of your vehicle is sliding. For example, if your vehicle’s rear is swinging toward the left, turn your wheel toward the left.  Then ease off the accelerator and the brakes. Regardless of which type of skid you are experiencing, make sure to keep your wheels pointed in the direction you want to be going. Gently use your brakes only if you think you can recover without hitting anything. 
  6. If everything else has failed, and you need to stop your car quickly, you will need your vehicle’s anti-lock brake system to kick in. If you are skidding, need to stop to avoid an obstacle, push down on your brake pedal, and don’t let up. Your anti-lock brake system will do the rest. Your car’s ABS system will adjust the braking force as you maneuver around obstacles -- you don’t need to slow down. 

Visit the technicians at Airport Automotive for a winter inspection, and we can make sure your ABS braking system is ready to go.  If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us for an appointment. We are located at 6305 E. Platte Ave Suite 1,2, Colorado Springs, CO 80915. 

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