Growing up, most people have heard things that were supposedly fact. Things like that if you are good a man in a red suit will come and leave you presents at Christmas or that the moon is made of cheese. As we got older, we learned that these facts were just myths. Unfortunately, there are many facts about winter driving that are also myths. Make sure not to believe in them when it comes to keeping you and others safe in the driving environment.
Steer Clear of the Following Winter Driving Myths:
If Your Car Has ABS, You Don’t Have to Worry About Ice and Snow
Just because your car has ABS, it doesn’t mean that you can stop the car like normal. You cannot simply stomp on the brakes and expect everything to be fine. ABS is not resistant to ice and slush. It is a technology that allows you to brake more safely, but its effectiveness is reduced in slippery conditions just as it would be with any braking system. To keep yourself safe, brake early with a firm foot on the pedal and a firm grip on the wheel. On the other hand, if your car is not equipped with ABS, slamming on the brakes is your worst option. Press the brake gently but firmly, releasing the pedal carefully if you feel the car starting to slide.
Just Brush the Snow from Your Windshield and You’ll Be Fine
Only removing snow from the top of your car is not sufficient to keep yourself safe. As Isaac Newton said, objects in motion tend to stay in motion while an object at rest tends to stay at rest. While you are driving, the snow on top of your car becomes an object in motion. Therefore, when you hit the brakes the snow will continue to travel, and your vision will be obstructed by the new layer of snow on your windshield. When you are cleaning the car, make sure to get all the snow.
In Winter, Drivers Are Safer and Trucks and SUV’s Than in a Car
In truth, cars, trucks, and SUVs all have very similar performance in ice and snow. A truck or SUV may prove superior if driving out of a ditch but by and large, the safer vehicle will be the one with the best tires whether car truck or SUV.
Letting Your Car Warm Up Is a Wasted Step
While cars built today are more capable of handling temperature extremes than those produced in the past, it is still a good idea to allow your car engine to warm up. If the cold is extreme, you can do damage to belts, gaskets and hoses if you put the car into operation before it is sufficiently warmed.
All-Wheel-Drive Can Tame Any Storm
While it might be nice driving with the confidence that your vehicle will protect you from every weather condition, this is truly a false sense of security. The truth is, even with all-wheel drive you can skid and slip like the next guy if there is enough ice and slush on the road
When it is all said and done, your vehicle is not going to be able to handle the roads for you. You have to know how to drive in winter weather conditions as you are the one ultimately in control the car. You have to know what to do. when to do it and know that you’re making the right moves. Taking a driver safety or defensive driving course can help do you gain this knowledge. You might find yourself learning a thing or two about winter driving and how to stay safe when trying to navigate your way down the road