Check Out These Winter Weather Driving Tips Before Your Snowy Trek

Winter Weather DrivingWhile 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.

How Does All-Wheel Drive Work?

All-Wheel Drive

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.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Driving in the Snow

Now that fall is finally here, it’s a good time to freshen up on how to drive when the harsh winter weather strikes. Driving on snow- and ice-covered roads are no laughing matter and can easily lead to an accident if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are a few tips for driving in the snow.

  • Prepare – It never hurts to prepare for the worst. Pack your car to ensure that you have everything you need if you break down on the side of the road. Bring plenty of food, water, blankets, extra clothes, and cat litter, just in case you get stuck in the snow. Make sure you have at least a quarter of a tank of gas as well.
  • Cruise Control – If your car comes equipped with cruise control, winter is not the time to start using it. Using cruise control on a slippery surface can lead to a decreased reaction time or fishtailing all over the road. The end result can be disastrous to say the least.
  • Slow Down – Telling drivers to slow down is something everything says but few actually do. Accelerating, stopping, and slowing down all take longer on slippery roadways. Give yourself plenty of time to maneuver your vehicle by slowing down.

Another option that will help with driving in the snow is winter tires. Make a service appointment today, and get some extra traction for the snow!