6 TIPS FOR WINTER DRIVING
While there’s much to love about winter adventures — driving in inclement weather sometimes makes it difficult. A little know-how can help you feel confident when driving during wintry conditions. Check out these tips for winter driving so you can get out and tackle winter like a pro.
1. SLOW YOUR ROLL
Snow or ice can lead to less traction or grip between the tires and the road, making it important to slow down in snowy or icy weather. Black ice, a thin coating of transparent ice that’s especially difficult to see at night, can form at about 32 degrees Fahrenheit and can pose an even greater threat. Remember, when driving in wintry conditions, accelerate more gently for greater traction and less wheel spin, and brake sooner than you would in normal conditions.
2. GIVE YOURSELF A BRAKE
Your GMC is most likely equipped with an antilock braking system (ABS), which automatically pumps the brake at each wheel to help prevent wheel lock-up when stopping is aggressive, or when stopping on wet or slippery surfaces†. With ABS, simply apply firm, continuous pressure to the brake pedal should you need to come to a quick stop. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with ABS, be prepared to pump the brakes yourself to help prevent wheel lock-up.
3. DON’T BE A FOLLOWER
On dry roads, it’s generally advisable to allow between 3 seconds and 4 seconds of stopping time between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. This allows enough time to safely apply the brakes if the vehicle in front of you comes to a sudden stop. When driving in snow or ice, or on wet wintry roads, it’s better to follow at an increased distance of between 8 seconds and 10 seconds, allowing more time to bring your vehicle to a safe stop.
4. GET OVER THE HUMP
If you’ll be traveling across hilly terrain this winter, remember that the increased acceleration you might typically use to power up could send your wheels spinning on wet pavement. In wintry conditions, try to accelerate on the flat pavement so that inertia can help move your vehicle up a steeper roadway. Once you’ve reached the peak, reduce your speed and descend as slowly as possible.
5. THINK AHEAD
Mother Nature can be especially unpredictable in the winter months. Try to keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle to protect against being stranded in a sudden storm. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before setting out, and depending on the length of your trip, that you’ve packed sufficient food, clothing, and first-aid supplies. If you do find yourself stuck, stay with your vehicle, and activate your hazard and interior dome lights.
6. UP FOR THE TASK
It can take more effort to start your vehicle in lower temperatures, and that could cause battery power to drop. That’s yet another reason why it’s important to have the overall health of your GMC checked with a Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection. Also, consider giving your vehicle additional tools to help battle another snowy season. Whether it’s a new set of wipers, tires or all-weather floor liners that can stand up to the elements, GMC has your back all year round. Shop GMC accessories here.