driving tips for snowy and poor conditions
As we discovered this past month, Vancouver does occasionally get snow – and not many of us have a lot of practice manoeuvring in it. If staying home is not an option, here are some tips to make your drive safer:
- Posted speed limits are designed for ideal road conditions. Slow down when driving on snow, ice, slush or rain.
Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on wet or slippery roads.
- Avoid driving through flooded or washed out roads.
Use extreme caution when approaching highway maintenance equipment including plows, salt and sand trucks. Never pass on the right.
- Low beams are more effective in fog or heavy snow.
Check tire pressure regularly. Pressure drops in colder conditions.
- Keep the wiper fluid topped up for clearer visibility.
Keep your gas tank full to prevent gasoline from freezing in extreme temperatures.
- Check roads and weather before your trip at www.drivebc.com or 1-800-550-4997
What if my Modo vehicle gets stuck in the snow?
Clear away the snow from around the tires to allow the wheels to roll more freely. If you’ve something to help increase traction (such as traction mats, old carpets, salt, sand or kitty litter), put it right in front of the drive wheels.
Gently rock the vehicle back and forth by shifting from forward to reverse, gradually increasing the distance you’ve moved with each rocking motion. Refer to the owner’s manual for more information.
How can I regain control if the vehicle skids due to black ice?
Skids can happen any time your tires lose grip on the road. If you drive over black ice and your vehicle starts to skid, ease off the accelerator, and look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Don’t brake, as this will make the situation worse. You may need to repeat this manoeuvre several times until you regain control.