Winter is one of the most treacherous times of the year to be driving. You need to approach winter driving much differently than spring and summer driving.
Unfortunately, most people don’t change their mindset when the snow begins to fall. If you have a BMW, it’s a great vehicle to drive. You can have a lot of fun in it and stay pretty safe.
There are many safety features for BMWs that are not available to most other automobiles. That can give you a bit of false security as well.
If you truly want to stay safe this winter driving season, here are a few things to keep in mind, even if the snow has already started falling.
Just because you have great traction, traction control, and antilock braking on your BMW, that doesn’t mean you’re going to stop faster. In fact, studies show that on dry surfaces, antilock braking systems cause vehicles to require more distance to come to a stop than those vehicles that don’t have antilock braking systems.
The point of antilock brakes is to help you maintain control in the event your tires lose traction on slick surfaces. This means you will be able to drive straight in more potential conditions.
Ultimately, just make sure you slow down when the snow is falling or the roads seem to be slick or covered in some type of frozen precipitation.
Give extra space between you and cars in front of you.
If you have a tendency to be a close, aggressive driver, you have a lot less time to react in the event the cars in front of you stop suddenly. If you’ve never been involved in an accident, it’s only a matter of time.
During winter your tires are going to react differently to the cold asphalt. Any precipitation on the roads can also cause problems. If a pothole develops and the car in front suddenly swerves, you won’t have enough time to react if you’re too close. You’ll more likely slam into that pothole, causing damage to your car or leading to a loss of control.
Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. That will help keep you safe for during winter.