Aaas Tips for Driving This Winter

by : Anthony Fontanelle

Winter is arguably the worst season for motorists. The snow and ice on roads makes it treacherous thus the risk of being involved in an accident is very high. AAA recently published its tips for motorists regarding winter driving.

One of the tips offered by AAA is for motorists to increase the gap between vehicles. In normal driving conditions, it is recommended that for city driving a car's length is recommended for the space between two vehicles. This space gives the driver enough time to put on the brakes if the vehicle in front stops or slow down. During winter, it is advisable for motorists to have at least a six-second gap between them and the vehicle ahead.

AAA also warns drivers to beware of places such as intersections, bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas as these areas are where ice most likely form. As ice is slippery and thus dangerous to drivers, drivers should exert caution when driving through said areas.

Driving during winter means that a driver should keep the vehicle's windshield free from snow. But drivers should not stop at improving their view of the road. AAA urges drivers to improve the visibility of their vehicles to other motorists. This can be done by clearing snow that could have accumulated all over the vehicle.

Also, drivers are encouraged by AAA to drive with the headlamps on low-beam. The light produced by a vehicle's headlamp at low-beam provides better lighting than when it is on high-beam. And obviously, high beam lights will not penetrate fog at some distance ahead of your vehicle.

The AAA also urges drivers to drive at speeds lower than the posted limit. This is because these speed limits are posted and applicable only in driving at ideal conditions. Also, motorists should take care in accelerating their vehicle. It is wise to refrain from sudden start or stops. Motorists should also exert caution when turning as sudden motions can cause the wheels to spin thus they can lose control of the vehicle.

During winter, skidding is the most common cause of accidents. AAA has this tip for such a predicament: "In a skid, ease off the accelerator. Carefully steer in the direction you want the car to go and straighten the wheel as soon as the car begins to go in the desired direction."

Motorists should remember these tips from AAA to keep themselves safe while driving during this season. Even are not guaranteed to keep one safe in an accident.