The cold winter season offers the worst possible conditions in regards to driving. You need to take special measures before you head out on a commute on the icy roads. This not only means that you need to winterize your car and make adjustments to it, but you also need to know a few tips about driving in the snow.
Driving in Snow
To understand the science behind snow driving, you need to understand how a tire’s grip works. To have a better understanding of the grip, you need to understand G-forces. A G-force, or gravitational forces is a force the dictates your direction while you are in motion. Your tire has an ultimate amount of grip and the traction circle surrounds the tire providing it with force.
In the instance of rain or snowy conditions, the traction circle gets smaller, this causes the total amount of G force to decrease. To put this in context, you can consider braking distances. If you are driving at 30 miles an hour on dry pavement, your braking distance from an obstruction ahead should be about 30 feet.
However, based on the fact that your traction circle shortens when driving in snowy and wet conditions, your stopping distance should be about 100 feet. Not to mention, if you are driving on ice, that stopping speed should double to about 200 feet.
Overall, according to traction circles, your braking distance should increase about 6 times than when you are driving on ice and snow, considering that you are driving at a safe speed of 30 miles an hour. The next most important thing to consider after driving safely is winter preparedness.
Importance of Winterizing your Car
As much as you would like to avoid it, there will always be a time when you will have to commute under wintery circumstances. The onset of winters brings about many safety hazards such as blizzards and snow storms. The weather condition is dire, and the unwanted occurrence of being stranded is lurking. For this reason, you need to focus winter preparedness, which involves maintenance checks and also winter equipment.
The first thing that you need to look at during the winter is the battery. The winter weather can be very burdening for the car’s battery. They come with a cold cranking Amp reading or CCA. This is the amount of energy a battery can deliver under extreme cold conditions.
It is important for you to realize that a smaller battery may be efficient in the winter, but it may not have enough energy to jolt start an engine after prolonged cold temperature exposure. This is why a battery inspection from a certified maintenance service is critical.
Along with the knowledge of the right driving sense, you need to equip your car with winter driving essentials, and proper maintenance checks that ensure optimum battery health and traction. Keeping these aspects in check will pave way for a safe and easy winter driving experience.