Winter Driving Tips From Our Dealers

Here in the Chesapeake, VA area, while it may not be as cold as some parts of the country, we still get our fair share of winter weather this time of year. It is not rare to see snow, ice, and sleet-covered roads, and whenever this type of weather occurs, some drivers around the region forget how to safely drive in it. Here at Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM Chesapeake, our experienced dealers have a few helpful tips on how to deal with driving safely in winter conditions.

Slow down: Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads, so one of the simplest tips is to just everything slowly. When you accelerate, apply the gas slowly so that your tires do not spin out. When it is time to slow down, apply your brakes earlier than usual, as it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

Practice threshold braking: The best way to stop when driving on icy roads is known as threshold braking. To use this technique, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal.

Do not power up hills: When you apply extra gas to get up snow-covered hills, it makes the car’s wheels spin. Instead, for extra safety, try to get some inertia going before you reach the hill and use that to get up the hill. When you reach the top of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down the hill as slowly as possible.

Follow at a distance: The normal dry pavement following rule of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds in winter weather.

For more winter driving tips, visit the RAM service center at Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

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