While the snow is surely festive, it can also cause the most hazardous driving conditions of the year. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to decrease your likelihood of danger when driving on snowy roads.
Here are some winter weather driving tips to keep in mind:
- Ensure that your vehicle is in top condition before driving in winter weather – inspecting the tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.
- Similarly, prepare yourself for the inevitable icy windshields and snowy banks you will encounter by keeping an ice scraper and shovel in your trunk.
- Always drive slowly on snowy and icy roads, and when you change speeds, be sure to either accelerate or decelerate gradually.
- Increase the distance between your vehicle and other vehicles around you.
- Turn your headlights on, even if it’s still daytime, to improve visibility.
- Does your car use all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or another system? Consult your owner’s manual and figure out how to use what you have.
- Avoid going up hills if possible, by planning alternate routes. Familiarity with the area around you will allow you to improvise.
For more winter driving safety information, or to test drive an all-wheel drive vehicle perfect for the season, contact us or visit us any time at Haddad Nissan.
As the snow begins to fall and drivers begin to rely on their all-wheel drive more than ever, they may ask themselves, “How does all-wheel drive work?” In a world where every new SUV seems to have all-wheel or four-wheel drive, it may seem confusing.
Fortunately, all-wheel drive is actually a simple system, allowing you to cruise over ice and snow with ease.
Vehicles that are equipped with all-wheel drive use a center differential, which splits the transmission power between the front and rear axles. When wheel sensors notice a loss of traction in one of the wheels – like if a wheel is slipping on ice – more transmission power will be sent to the wheels with more stability.
Most all-wheel drive vehicles are in all-wheel drive mode at all times, which is different than four-wheel drive – which usually only activates when necessary. When you are driving an all-wheel drive vehicle, you can be sure that your vehicle is constantly shifting power to the most reliable wheels.
Of course, some all-wheel drive systems are different than others. On-demand all-wheel drive keeps the focus on the front wheels until an issue is detected, whereas symmetrical all-wheel drive splits the focus four ways, at all times.
To learn more about all-wheel drive, or to check out a new all-wheel drive vehicle just in time for winter, contact us or visit us any time, here at Haddad Nissan.