With snow falling down in record numbers, we’ve had an onslaught of crazy fail videos coming out. Much of this, no doubt, has to do with the fact that people just don’t know how to drive in the snow.
So, in honor of our complete inadequacy, I’ve taken the time to give out a couple of tips on winter driving…
- You should never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up. Trust me!! If you’re on a long trip, this is doubly important. Take the time to make extra stops for gas.
- Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids
- If you can avoid it, try not to stop. The inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop is faaaar greater than the amount it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. Your vehicle and sanity will appreciate the consideration!
- Don’t try to power up hills and inclines. Applying that extra gas on the snow-covered inclines will just get your wheels spinning. Instead, try getting a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that carry you up to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible
Now, for an example of how NOT to handle the snow, I’ll turn it over this dude…