Although the recent weather has been almost summerlike, Joint Task Force Carson safety officials encourage drivers to start thinking about and planning for winter driving conditions as it is not uncommon for the Colorado Springs area to see its first snowfall in mid-October.
He suggests that drivers assess their own winter weather skills as well as their vehicle’s capabilities. Burns said motorists should make sure that they adjust their speed and following distance in accordance with road conditions and remember that four-wheel drive doesn’t mean increased stopping abilities.
He also recommends that drivers keep more than half a tank of fuel in their vehicles but certainly no less than a quarter of a tank. If the car gets stuck, turn the wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. If the front wheels skid, let off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.
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Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. Every year, as snowfall begins, YouTube gets flooded with videos showing cars out of control crashing into everything and people trying to stop their runaway vehicles by pulling them with their hands - not a very a smart idea. Coming up with a verdict on a single car is relatively easy, but one example does not reflect on the automaker as a whole.
Living in Northwest Indiana, we know  snow, slush, and freezing rain are all par for the course when winter arrives. Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility. Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle. Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds.
What Are People Saying?"Your technician was out this afternoon, what an amazing job my carpet looks like brand new! Winter Driving Nick RedmondNovember 18, 2014 With winter starting, many people are concerned more about the cold and do not focus as much on the driving conditions that come with the cold. We all know that the end of autumn, heralds the beginning of bad weather conditions for winter driving. As you know, extremely low temperatures can cause certain parts of your vehicle to wear more than the others; these are usually the metallic parts that get exposed to road salt and debris the most. To help you out with your winter preparation and make your car suitable for winter driving, we have compiled a short checklist of the things you should pay attention to before the first snow comes.
Now that you have finished inspecting the basic parts of your car and ensured that they are working well, which special areas should you look at for further examination?
This should be a no-brainer, but some drivers still forget to check their fluid levels religiously, especially during winter, to dire consequence. If you should ever find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere, having functioning lights can be a lifesaver for both yourself and for other motorists. The “Winter Operations” video is available highlights the department’s 5,400 operators and 2,250 trucks prepared to maintain more than 40,000 miles of state-maintained roadway or 96,000 snow-lane miles, enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. To prepare for winter driving, motorists should carry an emergency kit including items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. If you live in one of these regions you can stay a bit safer by following some of these winter driving tips.Check into tires more suited for the winter weather.
Burns, safety director, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, said drivers need to remember that there are people with a variety of capabilities out on the road. In heavy snow, drivers should keep their lights on and should stop to clear their windshield and lights if necessary. Bridge surfaces are exposed to the wind and cool off faster than the rest of the road, so bridges can freeze before other areas. Contents of the Mountaineer are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. This seems like an obvious tip, but many of us never think to check what our car needs for winter driving until a big storm hits.

If you find yourself in a sticky situation on the side of the road awaiting help, it is actually better to crack a window and be chilly rather than remaining cozy-warm and falling asleep. A lifelong Sussex County resident, Lauren has adventured out of the sticks of northwest New Jersey to join The Digest team. While there are moments when Mother Nature is simply unstoppable, a few winter driving tips can make your life much more easier. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. People need to realize that if they think it is cold just walking to and from their car, it is even more cold when you go off the road and are stranded in the frigid air for a couple of hours until someone comes to rescue you.
If you live in a state where winter is harsh, long, and bitter, you know the feeling of getting your car ready in time for the first frost of the season. Keep in mind that prevention is better than the cure, so it’s best to prep your car as early as possible to get a head start against potential damage. Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to detailing your vehicle for the winter. If you can drive comfortably and see the road well without turning the heater up on high, then don’t.
Accidents can still happen, but if you have thoroughly prepared your car for winter driving, you should be able to get through them just fine. Keeping your windshield and its wipers clean and free from streaks should be your top priority for the winter season. A snow-lane is calculated as the miles of road multiplied by the number of lanes, which means a one-mile section of four-lane roadway would equal four snow-lane miles.
However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have. If you have “All-Season” tires they can be upgraded to more aggressive “All-Weather” tires or even “Snow Tires” that give even better traction.Beyond clearing your windshield and rear window of snow, take the time to clear off your hood and roof. Drivers should be aware that snow blowing off other cars and from under the tires of other vehicles can affect their ability to see.
Double the amount of space you usually give between yourself and the car in front of you to allow plenty of time to ease on the brake without losing traction, which leads into the next tip. Even if you know not to, in the heat of the moment our first reaction is to want to immediately hault.
When driving up a hill, don’t rely on last minute acceleration to get you up because your tires will spin without catching pavement.
Wind drifts can force snow to block your vehicle’s exhaust, causing fatal carbon monoxide gas to enter your car.
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Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top.
When people drive in the snow, they think that since they have a truck or they have front wheel or four wheel drive, they wont get stuck or lose control.
Winter driving is a tricky activity, so you want to make sure that your car is prepped to do battle with the elements.
You want to check as many different components as possible so you can have them repaired or replaced in time for the winter season.
It might even be a good idea to flush it out completely and the system for leaks or cracks. Clean your headlights, taillights, hazard lights, and brake lights to remove scratches that make them look foggy or murky in the dark.
Consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children’s games. Snow on other parts of your vehicle will blow back onto your windows if not cleared before moving.Pack a snow emergency kit in your vehicle. Black ice — clear water that has frozen on black pavement — usually forms below overpasses, on bridges, in areas that are surrounded by shade or on a source of water running across pavement.

But if you feel your car skidding, ease off the accelerator and steer your car in the direction you want to go. Instead, speed up slightly as you approach the hill and let inertia be the accelerator as it carries your car up the hill. There's nothing worse than a stressed out driver in a rush, constantly tempted to floor the gas pedal on slippery roads.It's also very important to prepare your car. AAA offers some great tips on how motorists can be cautious while driving in adverse weather. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
Be sure the windshield washer reservoir is adequately filled with a freeze-resistant cleaning solution.
Along with wiper fluid, carry a flashlight, extra articles of clothing or blanket, and a bag of salt or kitty litter in your trunk in case you get stuck. The car will naturally slow down without completely losing all its traction, which is what will happen if you panic and slam on the breaks. In winter, windows will gather frost (minus these) and there's a good chance that the entire car will be covered in snow.
You can never have complete control of your vehicle on snow, but you can do things to gain more control.
If you don't clear the windows and the car, which by the way, is an offence in many countries, you'll be endangering yourself due to the lack of visibility as well as those around you by blinding them with the snow falling off your car.We consider that letting the engine idle for a few minutes in freezing temperatures is a good idea as well, because it's going to extend its lifecycle.
Some of the things you can do is put more weight in the back of rear wheel drive cars like sandbags in the bed of a truck or weights in the back of an SUV.
Signal to other drivers by using flares or flashlights or by tying a piece of brightly colored cloth to the antenna. Another thing that you can do is put new tires on, but make sure that you get either all season tires or snow tires for maximum traction.
If you have sand, gravel or salt available, that can add traction.You can rock your car by moving it into drive, and then reverse and then back again, lightly pressing on the accelerator. You might spend a little more but it will pay off and save you money later on in the winter. Tire companies say that normal rubber will lose grip even at 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 F), not to mention below zero (33 F) temperatures. A good tip while driving is if you start going out of control, let off the gas and break and turn the steering wheel the way your back end is sliding.
Winter is also a good time to have your battery and alternator tested and your radiator anti-freeze checked.
Make sure you have a snow brush and ice scraper and always dress for winter weather just in case you have a problem along the road. You might get a bit further than two-wheel drive vehicles, but that's about it without a good set of tires.But let's say you have winter tires and you're on the road. When first taking off, to prevent spinning push the gas very slow and if you can, put it in a lower gear to increase traction. You should keep a safe distance from other vehicles that have not been cleared, to avoid flying snow and ice that can blind you or even shatter your windscreen.If there's a steep street ahead, wait for the other cars to reach the top before continuing your drive. If you ever get stuck off the road, always make sure your tailpipe is uncovered and make sure you stay plenty warm until help arrives. 5 Warning Signs That Your Brakes Need To Be Checke… Which Gender is the Worse Driver, Men or Women?
Should they slip back, you will be a sitting duck if there's not enough distance between vehicles.Use a higher (third instead of second, for instance) and if your car has an automatic transmission, check if it has a winter mode. NY Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers The ONE Way to Avoid Higher Insurance Rates After … Written By Marion BachmanHello internet world! To me, driving and urban transportation aren’t simply a means of getting from one point to another, they’re the backbone of commerce that propels our country into the future.
As long as the wheels are turning you can still change the direction of the car, while with locked wheels you'll spin around uncontrollably.Pay attention to road surfaces.
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Sheltered areas can also be hazardous: if the sun doesn't reach them for a few hours you might end up driving on "black ice". In extreme conditions, your survival can depend on them, so every penny will be well spent.Foremost, use common sense.

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