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Winter Driving Guide

Driving a vehicle in winter requires drivers to always pay attention to road conditions, stay alert, regularly check and maintain vehicle performance, pay attention to car tire pressure, etc., to improve winter driving safety.

What should I pay attention to when driving a vehicle in winter?

1. Accelerate slowly

Tire spinning when starting from a stop is bad for the tires and does not allow them to gain traction. Turn gradually and give yourself enough time to stop. Any sudden or abrupt movement will cause your tires to lose traction, no matter how good they are.

2. Brake gently

Try to brake and reduce speed before turning, then use the brakes as little as possible while turning. Your tires provide optimal traction when moving. If you lock the brakes, you essentially lose control of the vehicle. Anti-lock brakes can help in this situation, but it's better to drive so you don't have to activate the anti-lock brakes.

3. Turn on your lights

Daytime running lights are not as bright as headlights, and daytime running lights typically do not trigger taillights. For the safest situation, turn on your headlights and taillights so you can be seen as best as possible.

4. Watch your fuel levels

Always keep the fuel at least half full. This helps prevent moisture in the tank from freezing and ensures you have enough fuel in case you get stuck in traffic or even have to stop for a long time due to an accident.

5. Don’t panic

Learn how to control slippage. If you happen to find yourself slipping, don't panic. Carry out a slow steering skid according to the wheel turn and, if safe, release the brakes enough to allow the tires to rotate. If the tires rotate, they will have a better chance of gaining traction.

6. No tailgating

You need to know what is going to happen and you need to have enough time to react. You should give yourself at least twice the braking distance you would use in good weather.

7. Keep wiper fluid topped up

When driving in the winter, your car windows will often get dirty. If you run out of wiper fluid, your visibility will be reduced, which is extremely dangerous.

8. Clear snow from your car before driving

Clear all snow from your vehicle before starting your trip. Simply clearing the windows isn't enough, as all the snow on the roof and trunk will fly away, making it difficult to see vehicles behind you, increasing the likelihood of a rear-end collision. Additionally, any snow on the hood will fly up, making it difficult to see.

9. Carry an emergency kit

If you have difficulty driving in the snow and an emergency occurs, you should be prepared to wait for a long time. It is necessary to prepare an emergency kit in your car, which includes clothing and food as well as some emergency tools.

10. Approach city vehicles and trucks with caution

Be very careful while approaching city trucks and maintenance vehicles. Keep your distance and only pass when it is absolutely safe.

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