DRIVING IN SNOW: HOW TO STAY SAFE
HOW TO DRIVE SAFELY IN SNOW IN RICHMOND, BC
If you’ve driven in winter conditions in Richmond, Vancouver, New Westminster, the Delta, or Burnaby, BC, you’re likely well aware of the dangers of snow-covered roads. Luckily, Dueck Downtown can help you get through a stress-free winter with the following tips for driving in snow.
First and foremost, you should fit your car with winter tires, and our team can provide you with the recommended brand and size for your model. Once you hit the road, drive smoothly and be gentle with your braking, turning, and acceleration to stay in control of your ride. Remember to look far ahead and prepare your next turn or stop before it’s time, and if your stability control warning is flashing in your instrument cluster, act accordingly and ease off the accelerator, as this alert usually means your car is slipping. Furthermore, if ever your vehicle begins to skid, always keep your eyes on where you need the car to go, and if you have no choice but to hit the brakes, push the pedal down hard to activate your anti-lock braking system and keep steering.
Even if your vehicle boasts all-wheel drive, it’s ideal to err on the side of caution and occasionally test your traction by gently pushing the brakes on a straightaway, and we also suggest assessing the road itself, as dry snow offers better traction than slushy or icy surfaces. Planning ahead also helps, whether you’re driving down familiar roads or relying on your navigation system for a longer journey. Lastly, keep some supplies handy, including a snow shovel, some salt, and a tow strap, in case you’re in a jam and need help getting out of it.
For more winter driving tips or details regarding our new inventory, contact us at Dueck Downtown at your convenience.