Some tips for driving in snowy weather

Some tips for driving in snowy weather

Driving on a snowy road is always tricky. Some professionals recommend a few practice sessions on the circuit in order to adopt the right reflexes. But these few tips should already give you a good foundation.

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The weather report can cause difficult traffic conditions. In winter, in particular, when the snow falls. The first advice to follow is to put on your car of tires winter. Tests show that, as soon as temperatures go down below 7 ° C, the summer tires which are conventionally fitted to our cars lose performance. Braking distance, road holding and grip are no longer the same with tires whose cold accentuates the rigidity. In snowy weather, it is therefore better to opt for softer tires. In Germany, moreover, when the conditions are wintry, snow tires are compulsory.

To circulate in the best conditions despite the falling snow, do not forget to turn on your headlights. Note also that fog lights are then authorized. Also remember to check the cleanliness of your vehicle before setting off. windshield and your Windows as well as your mirrors to ensure optimal visibility. Finally, remember that snow removal vehicles have priority and that it is forbidden to overtake them.

Car and driver ready for the snow

Once you are sure that your car is ready, the first thing to do is, and more than ever, to adopt a smooth and flexible ride. Reduced pace, gradual acceleration, delicate braking and prepared changes of direction. Nothing like it to keep its grip despite the presence of snow on the road. To help you, look as far as possible. This will allow you to anticipate and maintain the best trajectory.

Other little tips jumbled together. To stop or limit the intake of speed on descents, use engine braking. Again, be gentle with the clutch and brake gently. If you feel your car skidding forward, slowly take your foot off the accelerator to regain traction. If your car slips from behind, pull out, but always without a sudden movement.

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