6 Tips for Safe Winter Driving.

The winter season is one of the most challenging tests of drivers' driving skills. While most drivers drive their vehicles with extreme caution, some, unfortunately, show aggressive and hurried driving patterns that may be dangerous, but there are still those who drive safely and balanced without disturbing the overall flow of traffic. Do you see yourself in any of these types?

Although winter has already begun, it is never too late to repeat and reflect on your actions, especially when it comes to moving safely during the winter. It is no secret that when you go about your daily routine, no one thinks that something bad will happen. However, in winter, statistics show regular accidents.

Here are 6 Safe Driving tips for driving in the winter to make drivers think about their actions and hoping that they will be taken into account and implemented in their daily lives.

6 Tips for Safe Winter Driving:

  • Prepare your car for the road! Good visibility is a key factor in safe driving! You need to plan extra time to properly prepare the car for the road - thoroughly clearing the snow from your vehicle and defrosting the windows.
  • The driver must be attentive to careful and prudent driving! You must choose to drive at a speed that allows you to control the car in an emergency. Particularly dangerous is the time when there is heavy rainfall or when the thaw begins. When the air temperature is around 0 ° C, driving conditions can become extreme due to the possibility of "black ice" forming on the road.
  • A greater distance must be observed! The road surface is variable and a greater distance from the car in front will give you more time to decide and take action to stop the car. Remember that the safety distance is longer than the stop distance!
  • Watch out and notice the most vulnerable road users! It is important to reduce the speed at all pedestrian crossings in order to detect pedestrians without reflective elements in good time. On unlit sections of the road, use main-beam headlamps as often as possible to increase visibility but switch off in good time to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic.
  • Do not be afraid to depress the brake pedal! When you need to reduce your speed sharply to avoid an accident, don't be afraid to press the brake pedal sharply and hard, as this will ensure the most effective braking for you when the ABS system engages.
  • Give yourself and others more time! The route to be taken needs to be rethought. Traffic in the morning and evening will take longer, as the road surface is variable and unpredictable during the winter. It is necessary to brake in time before traffic lights and intersections, because the road surface will be slippery in these places. The turn signal must be displayed in time so that other drivers can predict your maneuver and react in time. Adapt to the circumstances and be tolerant of others. Respect yourself and other drivers.

Everyone who holds a driving license and who is behind the wheel of a car is responsible not only for himself and his passengers, but also for the overall safety of traffic. Only with tolerant, careful and predictable drivers together can we create safe and responsible traffic! Are you one of us?

If you are unsure and unsure about your ability to drive in winter, consider getting a Winter Driving Course. It is a practical training to improve driving skills in winter conditions - steering, braking, avoiding obstacles in naturally slippery conditions. This course focuses on winter issues - slips. Training takes place in Riga, Biķernieki track. More information and dates are available HERE.

Even confident drivers must always remember to follow speed limits, keep a greater distance with other vehicles, respect other road users, and give more time to themselves and others!

Have a safe winter trip!