At Shaus Motorsport, we know the days of winter driving will be here faster than you think, so brush up on these winter driving tips and get prepared. Driving in winter weather and snow in particular, can be a daunting task, even for those who have done it for many years. It can be especially challenging for those who have moved here from more temperate places.
If you have the option, staying home and off the road is one of the best ways to stay safe. Fewer cars on the road are a big help to people who have to be out there. So if it’s an option, take it. If not, read on and brush up on these winter driving tips.
Know You Car and Your Brakes
In snowy weather, knowing how your car operates under normal conditions is important, particularly your brakes. Brakes in winter are key to safe driving. It may be a great time to get your German vehicle’s brakes checked by a shop like Shaus Motorsport in Denver. It is a great time to be sure they are still in prime condition. If your car is new, you really want to be sure that you have an especially good understanding of your car and brakes prior to the first snowfall.
Increase Your Distance
In the snow, traction is greatly decreased and in some instances, it is compromised entirely. Because of this, you should put much larger distances between you and other cars. The additional distance will help by giving you more space to gather some traction and more room to maneuver if your car starts to skid or slide. Putting more space between your car and the cars around you also helps other drivers, which is great for people who are new to our cold, Colorado winters.
The most important thing to remember while driving in icy and snowy weather is to drive with patience and care. While slow drivers can be annoying, it is much safer and will help preserve the pristine condition of your Audi, BMW, VW or Porsche, not to mention your safety! You can brush up on these winter driving tips presented here, but ultimately, remaining calm, careful and patient will go a long way.
One of the hardest things to do in the snow is stopping and once you do stop, you can get stuck. Additionally, it can take a lot of power and potentially a bit of sliding to get going again. Stopping while driving can be a necessity, but if there is an opportunity to avoid it, it is good to try. This often involves driving much slower and in a very careful and calculating manner. When possible, take your foot off the gas and allow your car slow on its own instead of using the brakes.
Have Your Car Serviced
A great way to avoid trouble in winter is to get your car checked before the snow and ice arrive. If you need your German car serviced – tune-up to brake repairs and more – call us at Shaus Motorsport in Denver. We can help keep you safe when winter arrives.