Winter driving can be treacherous. Even for those men and women who have many years of experience driving during the winter on the Toronto area roads, there can be certain conditions that arise for which they are unprepared.
The most common issues when it comes to winter driving is snow, slush, and ice. Ice can form by many different ways. It can be the result of freezing rain, sleet, snow that begins to melt before the temperature drops below zero once again and freezes, and more.
Even the latest model vehicles with the best winter tread on the tires are going to be no match for icy conditions. Below are three tips that can help people stay safer on the winter roads throughout Toronto this year.
Tip #1: Pay attention to the forecast.
Many people get caught by surprise, even today. With smart phones, tablets, and other technologies, there’s no excuse to not be aware of the latest weather forecast updates.
When you pay attention to the forecast, it can allow you the opportunity to arrange your schedule a little differently so you can get home and off the roads before the precipitation begins to fall. Even if it’s not snowing, raining, or sleeting out and there’s nothing in the forecast, if there is snow on the ground and has begun to melt, pay attention to the forecast temperatures in the evening and overnight hours as this can lead to patches of black ice. By being aware of the weather and the forecast, it can make you a more alert driver.
Tip #2: Slow down.
Unfortunately, many people who have four-wheel drive vehicles, including BMWs, assume this keeps them safer in winter driving conditions. It doesn’t.
Four-wheel drive essentially provides better traction for acceleration and maintaining a certain speed. To apply the brakes, though, you’re in the same situation as everyone else, subject to the natural laws of physics.
If you slow down and take it easy, you reduce the risk of sliding in slick conditions.
Tip #3: Have your BMW inspected.
Make sure your BMW gets a thorough winter inspection to have the brakes checked, the tread on your tires checked, and more. This will help you understand the best things to do to be as prepared as possible for when the snow begins to fly.