First, the plane carrying Canadian citizens from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of novel coronavirus outbreak, has landed in Ontario. On the other hand, according to Global News, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health has issued an extreme cold weather alert for Friday (07, February, 2020) “in anticipation of cold weather conditions within the next 24 hours or longer.” Any tips for driving on snow and icy roads of Toronto?
Hi Torontonians! Your weekend is also going to be really cold. The Star reports that according to Environment Canada, Saturday (08, February, 2020) will experience winds of up to 15 km/h and a high of -8 C.
Were you planning for a weekend long drive? Oh mine! How will you face the snow and icy roads? Planning to stay indoors for the weekend?
That may be a good idea but your friends or fiance/fiancee are going to drag you out of home.
Oh! We forgot something. According to CBCNews, emergency warming centers will be opened in the city.
Though driving in icy conditions and during winter months of Toronto needs lot of precaution, it can be exciting too.
It’s like instead of we doing the driving the car drives itself. LOL!
How To Drive Like A Pro On Snow And Icy Roads Of Toronto?
The Main Thing On Snow Covered Roads: How Do Deal With Skids?
This is a very important tip for driving on snow and icy roads.
It’s easy to look and laugh at videos related to “car skidding on icy road” on YouTube. But how do you manage a skid?
You really have a look of fright when your car starts to slide away from the direction you actually want to go.
- First of all, stop panicking and don’t stab the breaks.
- In case of a front-wheel skid, where the front tires lose grip and the car turns in a wider arc, ease off the gas. In a beat or two, the front tires should regain traction. Then aim where you want to go as your traction returns.
- Regaining traction control is important.
- What if your rear wheel skids? Here the rear tires lose traction and you feel yourself beginning to spin out. At this juncture, quickly turn the steering wheel in the same direction that the rear is sliding. For example, if the rear is swinging to the left, turn the wheel to the left. Ease off the accelerator and stay off the brakes. Then, as the rear wheels regain traction, steer back in the original direction.
Winter Tires and Snow Chains, Important Tip For Driving On Snow And Icy Roads
This is one among the useful tips for driving on snow and icy roads of Toronto.
- Winter or snow tires are alternatives to the standard summer tires and offer more grip in adverse snow and ice conditions.
- On the other hand, snow chains offer better grip while driving on snow and icy road conditions.
- Snow chains are best suited for deeper snow.
Look For Clues On The Road And Be Aware Of Surroundings
- While driving look for clues or telltale signs that caution you about the icy and dangerous spots on the road.
- Be careful while driving into the shadow of a mountain or tall trees. There may be ice or slippery condition hiding in the shade.
Looking for clues is an important tip for driving on snow and icy roads.
Brake Early And Not Often
This is a great tip for driving on snow and icy roads. When driving on snow and icy roads, you have to make sure to leave more space between you and the car ahead.
You do this to give more space to brake early and smoothly to maintain car control. Prior to the era of the anti lock brakes or anti lock brake systems (ABS) drivers had to pump the brakes to avoid locking them up and putting cars into skids.
With ABS the pulsing is done at each wheel, and in fact does it faster than any human driver can. Furthermore, ABS works with the vehicles stability control system to keep the vehicle traveling in the direction you want it to go.
Don’t Rely Completely On All Wheel Drive
This is an important tip to drive on snow and icy roads. Bear in mind that four wheel drive and all wheel drive may not stop you completely from getting into accidents.
They help you maintain traction as you accelerate but not help you brake any faster. Moreover, in reality all or four wheel drive tend to be heavier than front or rear wheel drive vehicles and carry more momentum as a result.
Notably, all wheel drive trucks and SUVs have higher centers of gravity than cars, making them more prone to rolling. Additionally, it is important to remember that careless use of four wheel drive will get you into deeper snow before you are stuck.
Learn How To Drive On Black Ice, Vital Tip For Driving On Snow And Icy Roads
You very well know that ice impacts your stopping distance and vehicle handling.
- Practice driving in slippery conditions like an empty, snow or ice-covered parking lot.
- Know how the car reacts when you brake suddenly or when it starts to slide or even when you try to turn or stop suddenly.
- Practice with your winter tires. Snow tires are good for driving on snow and icy roads than all season tires.
There is so much to know when you have to venture out during the winter weekend. Furthermore check your tire pressure, brake pedal and other essentials.
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