winter-driving

GMC LIFE

WINTER’S LAST STAND

Winter can bring challenging weather to your daily drive. Consider these basic driving tips before venturing out into wintry conditions.

red bar

SHARE:

While there’s much to love about the beginning of a new year, driving - especially in inclement weather - doesn’t always make the list. But a little know-how can help keep you from feeling totally snowed as you wait on spring.

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 glaze 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.

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 helps 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.

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, oron 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.

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 flat pavement so that inertia can help move your vehicle up a steeper roadway. Once you’ve reached the peak, reduce your speed and descendas slowly as possible.

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.

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.

NEXT STEPS

RELATED STORIES

HOW-TO

red bar

Winter often means colder temperatures and inclement weather, meaning it’s more important than ever to take a good, hard look at your tire pressures and your vehicle’s tires themselves – ensuring your tires are in good condition and aired up properly is imperative to ensuring you can reach your destinations safely and securely.

READ STORY

HOW-TO

red bar

Your GMC’s brake system is engineered to deliver important control, especially when slowing or bringing your vehicle to a stop. But if your brakes are not serviced regularly, they may not be able to live up to your GMC’s Professional Grade standard.

READ STORY

TRUCKS

red bar

The 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty brings the clever thinking, bold design, and attention to detail expected of a modern GMC to the heavy duty pickup segment -all while providing incredible performance, enhanced trailering capabilities, and a unique, refined, yet distinctly heavy duty personality.

READ STORY
  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle's owner's manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Associated Accessories listed are from an independent supplier and are not warranted by GM or its dealers. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of third-party supplier alterations.

  • Canyon’s 7700-lb rating requires 2WD Crew Cab model with available Duramax 2.8L I-4 Diesel engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • Requires 4WD Double Cab with available 6.2L V8 and Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Crew Cab DRW equipped with 6.6L Duramax Diesel and fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch. Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch (late availability). Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 9,600-lb rating requires a 2500 or 3500 Regular wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo’s 10,000-lb rating requires  the available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package.  Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual.  The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 9,006-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Canyon’s 7000-lb rating requires available trailering package and 3.6L V-6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra's 12,500-lb rating requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2wd with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch (late availability). Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges. Bed/Roof-Mounted Bicycle Carriers shown. Requires crossbars or Thule Rack Solution. Non-GM warranty. Warranty by Thule®. See dealer for more information.

  • Available. Requires 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine.

  • Terrain's 3,500-lb rating requires available 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine and available trailering equipment. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires available 3.6L V6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Yukon’s 8,500-lb rating requires short wheelbase 2wd with 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and HD Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

|