Although the UAE rarely face snowfall, winters are getting colder year after year, and drivers who are not used to driving in such weathers, or who are planning to travel by car to someplace where it does snow heavily need to have a clear picture of how to handle such bad weather conditions.
Driving around in winter can be dangerous, the cold weather makes roads slippery, and snow piles up on windshields, doors, and the roof of your car. As soon as the flakes start falling, you should slow down, take extra care, and adjust your driving behavior accordingly… it’s not like you’re living around the equator and want to keep a high car valuation in the UAE.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure safe travel through snowy terrain. Here are six simple tips that can improve your driving safety in snowy conditions.
A quick trip could take a long time when it’s snowing. Driving in snow makes it difficult to see what is ahead and you must pre-prepare, give yourself extra time to reach your destination because snowstorms can cause major delays.
Give yourself extra time so you can have more time to think about how to react to every situation, and get away safely.
Watch Out Black Ice
Black ice is when the roads appear wet but are actually covered in ice. Although the ice and snowmelt during the day, as the temperature drops in the evening, the water turns to ice on the road.
Leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you when driving in snow is crucial, because you may run out of room to stop, so leave at least ten times stopping distance than in normal weather conditions, this should give you enough time to react if you need to brake.
Use dipped headlights when driving in heavy snow, they help you see better when visibility is poor without dazzling other drivers. Headlights also make your car visible to other drivers and cars behind you.
Clean Your Car
Clean the snow off of the roof, windows, and windshields of your car, because when you don’t do that, the snow might freeze, might fall, and hit the vehicles behind you, or it can slide forward when you brake, which blocks and obstructs your vision.
Roads might get closed because of heavy snowfall, so you should check online maps, radio announcements to help you know the closed roads you usually take before hitting the road to avoid them because the last thing you want to happen is to drive in bad weather to eventually arrive at a closed route.
Tire maintenance is important to keep your car safe and running well, and snow means tire wear is going to be an issue, especially when combined with lower temperatures.
Check your tires whenever you are traveling over snow-covered roads or areas that may get slippery. You should get 1.6 mm of tread depth on your tires or more when driving in snowy conditions.
Your wipers need to be checked regularly because if there are cracks in them you might end up having trouble seeing them while driving. Also, if the rubber is peeling off and leaving white streaks on your windshield, it could mean your car needs a new set of wiper blades or even a whole new windshield.
While these precautions are necessary, they aren’t 100% enough to guarantee safety. Drive carefully in snowy conditions with forethought and awareness, pay attention to your surroundings, know where you are going, and act responsibly, especially if you want to cash your car in the UAE, and return for one more suitable for snowy conditions back home.
Author: Mohamad Omary
Mohamad Omary is the Managing Director of Car Wise. Car Wise.ae is a car buying company that has established itself as the go-to partner for those who want to quickly sell their used cars in the UAE; reaching 20,000 satisfied customers with their easy car selling process and excellent customer service.
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