Cars Blog

Finance Blogs » Cars Blog » 4 best bits of winter driving advice

4 best bits of winter driving advice

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Posted: 1 pm ET
4 best bits of winter driving advice

Rusty Jarrett /Getty Images

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and told us more winter was on the way and, as if on cue, wintry weather began blanketing much of the country, ranging from (more) heavy rains in the west to blizzard conditions in the northeast with more snow on the way.

Not everyone can declare a snow day and stay off the roads, so top fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert has some advice if you need to get behind the wheel of your car. Herbert, whose 12- and 17-year-old sons were killed in a car crash in 2008, is the founder of the non-profit, teen-focused defensive driving program that goes by the acronym  BRAKES (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe).

RATE SEARCH: Time to replace your car? See what you can afford, using Bankrate's auto loan calculator.

Here are Herbert's best winter driving tips:

  1. Watch for ice: Icy patches will develop first on bridges and overpasses, so pay special attention to those areas. Look out for what appear to be puddles or shiny spots, even when roads are otherwise dry.
  2. Don't cruise: A car's cruise control system can have a hard time on a slippery road and can add power incorrectly. That can result in losing control. Instead, slow down and deactivate all cruise control systems.
  3. Understand ABS: Remember that your car's anti-lock braking system (ABS) can be noisy when it is activated and operating normally and can cause the brake pedal to vibrate in a way that can seem unusual. Understand what your ABS feels like normally by testing it in a dry, empty parking lot, so you're not alarmed if it is activated during winter driving conditions. If you do feel the ABS activate, continue to push down on the brake pedal as you normally would, and look and steer in the direction you want to go.
  4. Plan for bad weather: When winter weather hits and you need to get out, be prepared. Make sure you have an emergency kit, as well as a snow shovel and something to provide traction if your car gets stuck, such as kitty litter.

Here are 20 must-haves in your car emergency kit.

RATE SEARCH: Compare auto loan rates and find your best deal.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

Bankrate wants to hear from you and encourages comments. We ask that you stay on topic, respect other people's opinions, and avoid profanity, offensive statements, and illegal content. Please keep in mind that we reserve the right to (but are not obligated to) edit or delete your comments. Please avoid posting private or confidential information, and also keep in mind that anything you post may be disclosed, published, transmitted or reused.

By submitting a post, you agree to be bound by Bankrate's terms of use. Please refer to Bankrate's privacy policy for more information regarding Bankrate's privacy practices.
March 01, 2017 at 6:16 pm

I. Rediv

March 01, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Hi how are today
My name is bdulkarim yousuf
I was looking Chevy cargo van
Years 2009
Km 183000km
Prices 8900
But I have pick up truck
Long box
MP3 odel Chevy Silverado
Year 2011
Colour white
I need trade but my credit is poor
I need usually

Add a comment

(Comments may take 5-10 minutes to appear)