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How to stop my car faster in the snow?

Winter Driving Tips: How to Stop Quickly and Safely

Winter officially started two days ago. And winter weather is sure to follow. That means slick roads, low visibility, and long, dark nights. But, with a few simple driving tactics, you can maximize your safety in inclement conditions.

Here are some tips and tricks to stop your car faster and stay in control on icy roads.

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Driving Behaviors

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There are a few driving behaviors that will help you stop more safely, without skidding and slipping:

  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated
  • Drive slower, but not so slow as to obstruct traffic
  • Start slowing down earlier than usual
  • Make turns, lane changes, steering correction in a slow, smooth motion
  • Do not swerve
  • Remain alert at intersections
  • Turn on AWD (if you have it) when conditions are poor
  • Avoid the well-worn tracks if possible; they tend to be the iciest

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) were standard on many vehicles from the late 1990s, but they didn’t become a government mandated feature until 2013. If you don’t have ABS, make sure to pulse your brakes to avoid sliding.

Helpful Parts and Accessories

There are plenty of different parts and accessories that can help you keep control of your vehicle.

  • Winter/snow tires
  • AWD (if available)
  • Sandbags/cat litter for FWD/RWD vehicles
  • Snow chains

One accessory to avoid is tire studs. Studded tires only help on very icy roads at very specific temperatures. Even for the purpose they were designed for, winter/snow tires outclass them. In many places, tire studs are also illegal.

Does Your Car Need a Winter Tune-Up?

If your vehicle needs some maintenance before the real winter weather hits, schedule a service appointment at Hall Volkswagen. Our excellent Service team can do anything you need. Before you stop in, though, make sure to check out our Service Specials to get the best available prices.