Winter Driving Tips from Dependable Express

By January 30, 2014Courier Service

Winter DrivingAs we’ve seen over the past few days, we’re not out of winter yet. Even though the temperature may get up to comfortable levels for a few days, you know there will be more cold snaps before we get back to warm weather. At Dependable Express, the safety of our couriers and others is paramount. If road conditions deteriorate due to inclement weather, we will do everything we can to get your delivery to its destination while being as cautious as possible. If we should once again have ice or snow, it’s very important that you are aware of the winter driving precautions you should take if you have to get out.

Navigating Icy Roads

Winter driving can include trying to handle icy conditions. If you have to be on the roads during this type of weather, make sure you slow down and give yourself plenty of room to stop – there should be at least three times the usual space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Never slam the brakes, because if you do you’ll more than likely skid. Ease off the brake if you feel your wheels begin to lock up.

Here are some other very important tips:

  • Even if you have four-wheel or front-wheel drive, don’t assume you can drive normally on icy roads.
  • Never pass a snowplow or sanding truck, because the driver may not be able to see you. In addition, the road will probably be much worse ahead of the truck than behind it.
  • Never use overdrive or cruise control when the roads are icy, and make sure you use low gears to maximize traction.

Skidding can be a very scary situation, especially on an icy road, but it can be handled if you keep calm. Here’s what to do if it happens to you:

  • Take your foot off of the gas and gently turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the front wheels to turn. Turn left if the rear wheels are moving to the left, and turn right if they’re moving to the right.
  • Gently pump your brakes – unless you have anti-lock brakes. If you do, apply steady pressure instead.
  • If your front wheels begin to skid, shift into neutral after taking your foot off of the gas.
  • Don’t try to immediately steer. You’ll once again get traction as the wheels slide sideways. When this happens, steer in the direction you want to go.
  • Release the clutch or put the transmission back into “drive” and then gently accelerate.

The San Antonio couriers with Dependable Express are ready to serve you no matter what the weather. Safety is always our top priority – especially when the roads are icy. If you would like to know more or schedule service, contact us online or call us at 1-800-349-9161.