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Mountain Road and hazardous driving

You may think that the harsh winter might not affect you because you live in Houston Texas.  Well, for most of you that is true, you will have little to no snow driving and winter weather driving tips from most writers, but what about that small percentage that do indeed drive in extreme weather conditions?

This may or may not be you, but if you ever find yourself in this situation you will be glad you came across this article and learned a thing or two.  Knowledge is power and being aware of what weather conditions might arise or what extreme weather challenges you might find in the future, you will be glad you read on.

If you ever find yourself on an icy or snowy road, beside experience, which will always be your ally you can count on several tips to get through this tough driving experience in one piece.

If you find that your vehicle has begun o spin out of control or your car is skidding, slipping and sliding, not gripping as it usually does and your steering wheel and tires seem to have lost communication, fret not.

When you find yourself in this situation, what you have to do is remain calm.  With driving in icy/snowy conditions you may think that erratic moves and slamming on the brakes would be a good call – think again.  You need to remain level headed.  Even if you grew up in a snowy area, in Texas not everyone knows how to handle a snow storm or drive successfully in one.

Vehicles that are AWD (all wheel drive) can help you regain control much faster as can having a good and decent set of tires with hefty all weather treads on them, thus allowing the rubber to better grip through the chunky snow on the ground.

It is not recommended to get 2 snow tires on the back of your car if it is a rear wheel drive or 2 snow or all weather tires in the front if you have a front wheel vehicle.  It will make it more likely that you lose control to be honest.  The reasons most car tires are sold in sets of 4 or 5 (including the spare) is because it takes for most vehicles a minimum of 4 tires that are equal nights, weights and widths.

Depending on the features of the car you drive you may have ESC (electronic stability control). This is at its most useful because when you start to spin out, it helps your vehicle regain control by shifting power to the tires that seem to have lost their grip.  It is almost a hail marry solution and if your car is newer than 2006, then most cars come with it as a standard feature.

When you drive in snowy conditions, wet conditions of foggy conditions, what is most important is that the other drivers can easily see you coming in the opposite direction.  Turn your lights on for safety, I for example have my headlights on each and every time I drive, it matters not if it is 10 am.

Make sure your windshield wipers are working, and that you can defog your windshield, because when the temperature drops, you inevitably put on the heater. The difference in temperature makes from some foggy windows from the inside, as condensation forms on the outside.

The average distance is a car length and a half in most instances.  When the weather is bad, it takes longer for your car to respond, it takes longer to brake, longer to stop and you have a lot less control of your vehicle on the whole.

If your car is skidding out, you want to let your foot off the gas and do not hit the brake, just try to correct the skid, but do so gently and not abruptly because being to forceful could send you into a tail spin. The most important advice we can give is go slow, it is better to get there slowly and safely then speed around and never arrive at your destination.


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