Cool Tips For Winter Motoring

Cool Tips For Winter Motoring

New Zealand in winter becomes even more beautiful. Tens of thousands of people who live up this way hit the road and head south to explore that magnificent snow country. We’re pleased to report that the team at Drury Tyres sell a lot of tyres to NZ motorists before they head off to see the winter wonderland in our backyard. It’s great to think they’re hitting the road on new and safe tyres. But they’d be even safer if they followed these winter driving tips!

  • Watch your speed: Such an obvious hint but too many accidents are still caused by driving at the wrong speed for the weather conditions.
  • Brake effectively: On occasions, it’s best to just take your foot off the accelerator and allow the vehicle to slow down of its own accord. This should be easy to do if you drive at the right speed.
  • Brake in the right place: Always try to brake on a straight section of the road before entering a curve, rather than braking while you are in the curve. This will give you much more control.
  • Turn your lights on: As a rule of thumb, if your windshield wipers are on, your lights should be on too. When you’re driving in snow or poor visibility, use your lights and high beams accordingly.
  • Adjust the temperature inside your car: Maintaining a comfortable cabin temperature will help to keep the windows free of frost, ice and snow.
  • Avoid sudden movements: Drive as smoothly as you possibly can. Avoid sudden car movements like sudden braking and over-exaggerated steering. Paying full attention to the road will help you avoid these impulsive movements.
  • Take it easy: When you accelerate, do it gently. Also, turn gradually and softly pump the brakes when stopping. All of these things will help your tyres maintain traction on slippery roads.
  • Increase your signalling time: Signal a little earlier than you would in summer so that the  vehicles behind you and oncoming traffic have more time to react if you’re stopping or turning.
  • Don’t be complacent: Even if your vehicle has all the mod-cons like anti-lock brakes, four-wheel drive, traction control or other safety devices, that doesn’t mean you can go into cruise control while driving. In winter conditions especially, you need to stay focused
  • Don’t spin your tyres: If you get stuck in the snow, you can overheat and badly damage your tyres by spinning them too fast. Rocking your vehicle back and forth is actually a better way to correct this problem. If your vehicle has ABS brakes, check the owner’s manual for directions.
  • Don’t panic in black ice: If you find yourself driving in black ice, stay calm. To get out of a skid, you may want to release the brakes and turn your wheels into the direction of the slide. If you steer too far and end up going in the other direction, try slowly turning back to the opposite direction.

New Zealand is wonderful in winter. And it’s even more wonderful if you can explore it safely on your snow country road trip. So please follow those tips, and play it extra safe by getting a tyre and mechanical check at our place before you go.