Winter is a traditional time for any driver. To usual difficulties of driving skids and slips are added, besides a poor-quality diesel and a washer can start to frost, start to fog up glasses and to stick doors and janitors. To cope with these difficulties, we must first of all get rid of the myths about winter driving.
In winter, studded tires will help on the road from any problems.
This statement is not true. Although the car with winter tires does have better grip, but it’s still worse than when driving on a dry track in the summer. Studded tires are best suited for driving on the rolled snow and ice, but on pure asphalt, the braking distance on such tires may be even more than usual. So do not be in a hurry with the advent of the calendar winter “re-shoes” your car – look better what happens on the road.
If the handbrake pads are frozen, they can easily be broken by adding gas.
Indeed, the power of the engine can be enough and the wheel will really turn. But in the event that the film of ice is destroyed only on the pads of one wheel, such a measure will not do anything. If the road is slippery, then one wheel will skid, and the second will remain sober, which is very dangerous. Do not exclude the option of damaging the brake system in general. To avoid such problems, it is necessary in case of long idle time of the car to remove the car from the handbrake and put it on the gear. Especially this advice is critical for raw weather, which can turn into icing.
A driver can shift most of his or her difficulties to intelligent electronic systems.
Automated systems in cars are now in fashion, which, according to advertising, can save the driver from many troubles. But the presence of the ESP, ABS and other active safety devices in the car of the actions of the laws of physics can not be canceled. Such electronic systems can reduce the likelihood of losing control of the car, but to guarantee a safe ride in difficult weather conditions, and even at high speed, can not. It is generally believed that ABS can reduce the stopping distance of the car, but in fact, this does not always happen. This system is designed primarily to make the car as controlled as possible during braking on a slippery road. If the driver has the skills of extreme driving, then he and a car without ABS can stop faster on how many roads. Therefore, you can not rely entirely on electronic assistants, you need to monitor the distance and the speed of your vehicle.
In winter, a car wash should be visited more often to flush salt from the body of the car.
This statement is rather controversial. Indeed, getting a saline solution on the body accelerates the corrosion process, but this applies to unprotected areas in the arches and bottoms. But it’s impossible to remove anything from there. But visiting such an institution in severe frost can result in trouble. After all, hot water is used on the sinks and the paint and varnish coating of the car can simply crack from a strong temperature drop. Given the penetration of salts in the cracks, corrosion can actually manifest earlier. In addition, it should be remembered that a visit to the sink, although it improves the appearance of the car, but does this for a short while, but the probability of freezing of locks while doing so is much greater. So after washing it is necessary to arm yourself with dry napkins and carefully wipe the door seals, and you should also ask that the larvae of the locks blow with well-compressed air. Even at the sink itself, you can inject a universal lubricant into the larvae of the locks. It will allow you to dislodge the water, which will save the locks from turning into an ice monolith.
Locks with an electric drive in winter will not freeze.
Even the presence of an electric drive does not guarantee unhindered entry into the machine. The drive itself can work, but the lock mechanism can freeze directly.So in that case it is necessary to warm the whole door, so that the ice melts in the mechanism. If there are early signs of seizing the lock in the cold, then the machine should be put in a warm garage for warming. Then carefully remove the door trim and carefully blow the mechanism with compressed air. After the moisture is guaranteed to be removed, the mechanism should be lubricated with a special oil. In case the machine is closed with keys, then in the larvae it is necessary to splash with WD-40 aerosol in the evening and wipe the rubber door seals with a dry napkin. The optimal solution will be their treatment with silicone grease. If the driver’s door does not open, do not panic, but try to open the passenger door. After all, often there is a freezing of locks only on one side.
For quick defrosting of the windshield, you must turn on the stove for maximum power.
Before setting the car to the parking lot, it is necessary to ventilate the salon, otherwise the snow will start to melt when it hits the windshield, and the water flowing onto the brush will quickly turn into ice. During the night, it can be so much so that you have to wait a long time for it to melt. Preheat the engine by sending a stream of hot air to the windshield, it will be the wrong decision – it can burst. When parking, you should first ventilate the cabin, blowing cold air through the windows, you can do it at the entrance. As a result, snow, getting on the cold glass, will not melt, which will make it possible in the morning to easily remove it. The worst thing that can happen with this option is an easy frost on the windows.
The front-wheel drive car is a real “rescue” in winter.
Indeed, such cars on how much road behave more steadily, but in the case of demolition or drift, these cars “catch” is much more difficult than the rear-wheel drive. Vehicles with front-wheel drive have their own stabilization problems, but they are significantly different from those that drivers are used to after driving on rear-wheel drive vehicles. In practice, it turns out that some of the already acquired techniques can only worsen the situation, for example, dumping gas with simultaneous turning of the rudder in the direction of skidding. So do not rely on the front-wheel drive, regardless of its type, generally riding in severe winter conditions requires always special precautions. The driver should remember that sudden movements of the steering wheel, braking or the addition of gas can lead to skidding and loss of controllability of the vehicle. And even knowing the skills of extreme driving does not mean their successful application in practice, you should not use them without special need, especially if the traffic is quite intense. For example, effective braking of the car can frighten the oncoming inexperienced driver, who sharply presses on the brake with unpredictable consequences.
In winter, you need to drive slowly, then the accident will not happen.
Surprisingly, it is in winter that very many accidents occur at low speeds. The most pronounced cases are collisions in parking and maneuvering in cramped conditions. Dangerous for motorists are courtyards, because there often children roll out ice tracks, as well as snow-covered parking lots. In such places, when you try to move or stop, cars can simply slip aside. Often accidents occur when the driver attempts to squeeze into an empty seat near the sidewalk or in the parking lot.
Good driving skills will save you from any difficulties in the winter even at the all-season.
Many drivers with the onset of winter do not bother at all with the seasonal change of rubber. They can not really assess the danger on the road, they are trying to save money in this way. Many believe that all-season tires are so called, that it is equally good to go in both summer and winter. However, it is not. The analogy is easy – our shoes. After all, we do not spend the whole year in demi-season boots, in the summer our choice is sandals, and in winter – warm boots or boots.The same is true for car tires. In the summer, a car is required that will well tolerate overheating and behave on a dusty surface. In winter, winter tires are needed, which will not rustle in the cold, while possessing a deep and high quality soft protector. To ensure that your car has the most reliable contact with the road, dozens of huge corporations constantly develop new chemical compounds and develop new patterns of the protector. In addition to marketing, there is also concern for the safety of motorists. So, what would not be the skills in driving a car, it’s rubber responsible for uniting the car and the road, allowing you to successfully drive the vehicle. And should be responsive to the selection of sets of tires.