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Ownership 10 Winter driving safety tips to battle any blizzard

04:49  01 november  2016
04:49  01 november  2016 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Follow the rules listed here, and chances are good you won't end up adrift while driving this winter.© ROBERT F. BUKATY/AP Follow the rules listed here, and chances are good you won't end up adrift while driving this winter. Blizzard conditions are great for ski slopes and snowmen, but they’re absolutely treacherous if you’re driving and can’t see the road ahead. Yeah, I know, you’ve got to run out to get the bread and milk (!!!) …but really, if you drive like a crazy person when it’s snowing, you’ll only end up with breakfast on your lap.

Relax, you don’t have to fear flakes or dread drifts every time the Weather Channel tries freaking everyone out by going for a “snowpocalypse” ratings bonanza. A few simple rules, along with some extra precautionary steps, can make any wintry drive an absolute no-nonsense experience – one that gets you, and your car, to a destination in one piece.

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And hey, remember, nobody is perfect. Cars sometimes skid, no matter how quick your reflexes might be. Yet following this advice will make the odds infinitely better for those moments when you’ve got to deal with a mess of snow, slush, freezing rain and ice.

Lots of snow is forecast for large swaths of the country. Be smart and be prepared, you don't have to keep your car parked when Mother Nature doesn't play nice.© TODD MAISEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Lots of snow is forecast for large swaths of the country. Be smart and be prepared, you don't have to keep your car parked when Mother Nature doesn't play nice. Don't get cocky

Want to know who had their one and only major accident following a huge blizzard? This guy! Yep, while driving down a road that I knew like the back of my hand, yours truly ended up Eskimo kissing another car at about 35 miles per hour. Why? Well, that stop sign I always knew was there had suddenly disappeared. In clearing the roads, plows had covered the entire sign with a massive mound of snow. So remember, even if you know the road, be very careful. In a severe storm, signs can blow down, traffic lights might be out, or tree limbs could fall. Just because you know the road doesn’t mean you know exactly what’s around the next bend.

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All-wheel-drive doesn't help you STOP

Having all four wheels pushing you forward is a good thing. But no AWD system is going to help you stop. Many people assume that having AWD is Mother Nature’s ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card. It’s not, buddy; you still have to brake like the rest of us mere mortals.

SUVs are not immune to snow

Sport-utilities and crossovers can do many things, but defying the laws of physics isn’t one of them. In fact, the heavier weight and taller center of gravity of a typical SUV could work against you, especially if you need to make a rapid wintry driving maneuver. Again, take things slow, and know that no type of vehicle is impervious to weather. Well, except for maybe a tank

Driving in snow is tricky enough. Doing so while in the middle of a busy commute complicates things even further.© BRUCE BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES Driving in snow is tricky enough. Doing so while in the middle of a busy commute complicates things even further. ABS is your friend

It’s startling how many people don’t really understand how ABS works, or why it’s even there in the first place. Chances are good that your car or truck is fitted with anti-lock braking – this braking tech came along for the ride when government regulations made electronic stability control mandatory on all cars and light trucks in September, 2011. So go ahead, HIT THE BRAKES! Now, did you feel a pulse from the pedal, or hear a ‘thunkathunkathunka’-like sound? That’s good, because you should. In the bad old days, you had to pump the brakes like hell if you wanted to brake quickly, and maintain any semblance of steering control. ABS does that for you – yes, you can steer when the system is fully engaged. My advice is to find an empty parking lot and mash the pedal, to get used to the sound and feel. It’s okay, ABS is here to help, even if it sounds and feels strange.

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Perk of the job: Last year, Aston Martin invited us to test its entire range on a racetrack made of snow and ice.© NICK KURCZEWSKI Perk of the job: Last year, Aston Martin invited us to test its entire range on a racetrack made of snow and ice. Turn down the tunes

This might sound silly but, if you’re driving on a mix of snow and ice, you might want to listen to…your tires? I’m not suggesting putting the windows down and getting frost-bite as a winter driving solution. Simply paying attention to whether or not you hear the crunch of tire-on-snow, or if things suddenly get eerily silent, could tell you if you’re traversing snowflakes or sheer ice. The latter is much, much worse. Last winter, I got to drive Aston Martins on an ice racetrack in Colorado. (Yea, I love my job). My best laps were when I listened to the tires – the crunch of snow meant more grip (yes, snow has loads more grip than ice). When things were quiet, hold on, because that meant the track was at its slipperiest. I know you love that new Taylor Swift song, but turn the volume down and listen to what your car is telling you.

Steer into a slide -- yes, it works

Let’s say you turn right, and suddenly the back of your car starts to slide left…so turn in the DIRECTION OF THOSE REAR WHEELS. When turning left, well, just reverse the direction of these instructions. Steering into a slide looks really sexy when racecar drivers do it at high speed on a track. Oversteer, as it’s called, means the back of the car kicks out and the driver quickly flicks the wheel in the opposite direction of travel, to bring things back into line (hopefully). In the snow, this often feels like it’s happening in slow motion. Be gentle with the steering inputs, keep both hands on the wheel, and ease off the gas. Don’t punch the brakes either. A slide means your tires have given up; they’ve basically walked out on the job because you’ve asked too much from them. Braking hard or gunning the gas during a slide only makes that bad situation all the more worse.

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Get in touch with your inner Boy Scout

Pack some extra gear if you’re going to be doing a lot of winter driving. A portable cell phone charger, flash-light, bottled water and snack bars, maybe a road flare or glow-stick…all are good things to have in case you get stuck somewhere (or feel the need to attend a techno rave). You could be the world’s best driver – and I'm sure you know you are – but even the best of us has gotten stuck in the snow. If it happens, you want to be as safe and comfortable as possible, until help arrives.

Keeping your car in tip-top shape for winter driving is essential. Check the tires, don't run on fumes, and pack along emergency gear in case you get stuck.© ANDREW THEODORAKIS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Keeping your car in tip-top shape for winter driving is essential. Check the tires, don't run on fumes, and pack along emergency gear in case you get stuck. Invest in some snow tires

You don’t go jogging in high heels, so why would you drive your car or truck on the wrong kind of wheels? As someone who has gotten caught in a snowstorm while rolling on summer tires, trust me, you don’t want to be there! The “there” in question was feeling the car suddenly veer left, right, and just about go sideways while sandwiched between two tractor-trailers on the N.J. Turnpike. The solution was to pull over, stop, and check into a hotel (with my pug, Merlin, hidden in a duffle bag to avoid a strict ‘No Pets’ policy). Like all-wheel-drive, a set of snow tires is not a cure-all for every situation. But they can make an enormous difference when it comes to keeping your car or truck in control. Just ask Merlin, he'll tell you.

Keep a 'level' head by keeping your car topped up with fluids

If you simply can’t do without your morning latte, try keeping your car’s thirst in mind too. Don’t let the gas tank get too empty, make sure coolant levels are okay, and keep that windshield washer fluid topped up. While you’re at it, check those tire pressures – a 10-degree drop in outside temps usually equates to a 1 lb. loss in tire pressure.

Be smooth baby, real smooth

Don’t punch the gas. Don’t jam on the brakes. Don’t twirl the steering wheel. Keep things slow, smooth, and steady. When you’re driving on snow, make sure every input has an extra layer of ‘chill’ in it. Seriously, adjusting your own behavior behind the wheel is probably the best safety advice I can give. Jerky and rapid movement is not going to make your car happy, not one bit. Give yourself extra time if you need to, or skip that fourth cup of coffee in the morning. Relax and take things a little slower, because you definitely won’t get where you’re going any quicker if you plunge your car into a snowdrift.

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