Helpful winter hints – part 3

We’ve itemized a few things that you can do for and with your vehicle to help it do the best possible job for you and your family – or business through the winter months.

Now it’s time for Ken Parkinson of Krown Rust Control Hamilton to pass on some sage advice, one or two pointers in adapting to the season while driving your car, van – whatever.

Keep both hands on the wheel. Many of us have the tendency to drive with one hand on the wheel and hang onto a coffee, or even a cell phone with the other. Stop! Drive with both hands on the wheel. Remember, the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position. Why 9 and 3? Well, a few years ago, before the advent of air bags, 10 and 2 was considered optimum. Now, at 9 and 3 when the driver air bag deploys, neither hand nor arm will be forced out of the way. And, as simple as it sounds, you’ll be better prepared if you have to make a sudden manoeuvre.

Avoid fishtailing. More common with rear-wheel drive vehicles, any car can fishtail in slippery conditions, rendering it out of control and potentially heading straight for on-coming traffic. This is known as ‘oversteer’. To overcome this, steer into the direction of the skid and gently apply the accelerator to regain control.

In addition, avoid ‘plowing’. Perhaps more commonly known as ‘understeer’ and happens most often in front-wheel drive cars. This is best avoided by slowing down before cornering.

And finally, avoid panic braking. Even though many new cars are equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), you may be driving a car with a conventional braking system. If you are, it’s important you don’t panic while braking on a slippery surface. This will likely cause your wheels to lock-up, which increases your stopping distance. You can avoid this by gently applying your brakes on-and-off, or ‘pumping’ to allow your tires to grip to the road’s surface.

Call Ken Parkinson at Krown Rust Control Hamilton, 905-575-0577 today. A professional resource, he and his staff can help you on your way and prolong the life of your vehicle.

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