Allow extra time
The very first piece of advice that we are going to recommend to anyone who is traveling during the winter is to give yourself more time than you otherwise would. This means checking the weather ahead of time, knowing how long your trip would usually take, and tacking time on. Winter environments often mean driving more slowly than you usually would, and if you don’t want to be late, but you do want to be safe, then more time will be necessary. Along with this, if you absolutely do not have to drive or travel, then you should consider re-scheduling altogether to avoid such weather.
We touched on this tip briefly, but we really want you to be aware of just how important it is. When you are driving during the winter months, you could be dealing with conditions that force you to react more quickly than ever. The best thing you can do for yourself is to allow yourself more time to react to those situations, such as a car in front of you braking due to an accident, and you having enough time to stop before crashing into them. You want to give yourself reasons to succeed.
Drive with lights on
No matter what time you are driving, you will want to do the best you can do to provide more visibility to yourself. This includes allowing other people to see your vehicle, but also you being able to see other people. Anything you can possibly do to gain more vision from your driver’s seat is something that you should be doing. Vision has never been more important than it is during the winter.
Control your vehicle
In situations where your vehicle starts to slide or spin out, you need to be prepared on how exactly to get yourself out of danger. The major thing that we want to drive home is to not slam on your brakes if your vehicle has begun to slide. The first step is taking your foot off of your accelerator, and to turning your steering wheel in the direction your front wheels should be pointing towards. From there you can bump your brakes, but do not press all the way down. You want to slow your vehicle, not bring it to a complete stop.
Winter Tips with Findlay VW
We hope some of these tips help you throughout your journeys! We also know that another key part of winter driving is making sure that your Volkswagen is prepared for everything that winter has to throw at it. If you want to prepare your Volkswagen for winter, then you can schedule a service appointment with us today! We could absolutely be willing to help you out, and continue to give you the information you need to stay safe.