Six Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips Part 2
Though winter has been incredibly mild in Asheville thus far, anyone who was around for the superstorm in 1993 can tell you that March can still pack a snowy punch. In our previous article, we disused the first three of six winter weather driving tips, including:
- Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Weather Emergencies
- Do Not Allow Your Vehicle to Idle for Lengthy Intervals
- Know the Winter Weather Conditions in Which You’re Driving
Continuing our two-part series, in this article we will lay out three additional winter weather driving safety tips.
1) Know the Limits of Your Vehicle
Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive features do not make your vehicle foolproof in snow and ice. It is important to consider your vehicles ground clearance, the tread depth on your tires, the suspension, and other factors when determining a safe travel speed.
2) Follow Snow and Ice Traffic Safety Principles
When you must travel in snow and ice, there are several driving principles that will help keep you and your family safe. These principles include:
- Slowing Down: Reducing vehicle speed is key to lowering the risk of an accident.
- Maintaining Momentum: Even in downtown Asheville, there are a several significant hills. It is important to maintain momentum when driving uphill; otherwise, you may lose traction before you reach the crest.
- Gradual Braking: Sudden, sharp braking will cause your vehicle to go into a skid. Slow speeds and gradual braking will help you avoid accidents.
- Following at a Safe Distance: In addition to reducing your speed and braking gradually, make sure you maintain enough distance between your vehicle and the ones in front of you to stop safely. If visibility is a factor, you will need to increase your following distance even farther.
- Steering into the Skid: Prepare yourself to steer into a skid.
- Knowing Where You Are Going: If you must drive in unsafe weather conditions, know where you are going before you are traveling. If you are new to the Asheville area, ask locals what hills and treacherous places to avoid. Do not rely on looking at a GPS or mapping app while driving on snow and ice.
3) Let Asheville Area Transportation Services do the Driving for You
We have decades of experience driving in whatever conditions western North Carolina delivers. For airport shuttles to and from Asheville Regional airport, and transportation throughout your stay in the area, our process is comprehensive and worry free. We will pick you up from the airport in our luxury vehicle, load your luggage, deliver you to your destination, transport you throughout your stay, and shuttle you to Asheville Regional or surrounding airports for your departure. Contact us for more information on how you can travel through Asheville worry-free.