Tips to Drive in the Snow or Rain
A third of Spaniards do not know how to drive in adverse weather conditions, and in Spain, although it is not in a country with extreme conditions, it is increasingly necessary to be prepared for heavy rains and especially snow and ice.
The first thing you have to do in the winter season is to check your vehicle, especially the direction, lights, battery, wheels, brakes (including the handheld), windshield wipers, windshield washers, and heating system.
Many car accidents occur in a snowy area, often caused by the lack of knowledge regarding the great difference that exists regarding driving a vehicle on the dry or wet and snowy pavement. Drive safe if there is a forecast of snow or frost, it is important to know the demands faced by the vehicle, the tires, and the people traveling.
Before leaving, you should check that the car has antifreeze in the radiator and that the level of the car is correct.
Now we are ready, but the problems we can find are many and varied, it goes without saying that if we have to be attentive in normal conditions with adverse weather conditions much more.
The chains of the car should be mandatory if it is to circulate ports mountains, snowy roads, or snow – prone areas so that the safety chains must be a priority in our luggage. The placement would always be on the drive shaft.
Below we will detail some important tips to know what to do in extreme situations.
We will always circulate with the wheels inside the marked ruts to avoid bumps that could occur when trying to get out of them.
Before a steep descent with snow on the road, if we see that we can not brake, steer the car to a deeper snow zone, turn all the direction to the side, and cut the contact while continuing to brake thoroughly. The snow that accumulates in front of them turned, and locked wheels will stop us.
Circulating on a snowy road, if we reach a steep climb, we will have to increase the speed slightly, choose an intermediate exchange ratio that prevents us from changing at the full climb and keep the gas less than halfway and steadily throughout the entire rise.
Before understeer (sliding of the front train), keep the steering wheel in the same position, and gently lift the foot of the accelerator, even braking slightly to recover the trajectory.
If we suffer aquaplaning, firmly hold the steering wheel, avoiding sharp corrections of trajectory and lift the foot of the accelerator gently until it kept at the point of the gas.