How to Apply Your Brakes in NH Winter Weather
Driving in the snow and ice is one of the headaches many drivers must face when living in New England. A car that is ill-prepared or an unexperienced driver can make matters worse, and can increase the chances of an accident. Here are some safe driving tips to help you prepare for driving and applying your brakes in NH winter weather this season.
Take Your Time
Give yourself extra time and space to slow down or brake during snowy or rainy weather. The average time distance in dry conditions is three to four seconds, but should be increased to eight to ten seconds during bad weather. Anticipate having to apply your brakes, and take your foot off the accelerator to allow your car to slow down over time, rather than having to slam on the brakes.
With Anti-Lock Brakes
If you find yourself in a situation requiring additional braking, it is best to use the heel-to-toe method, or threshold braking for anti-lock brakes. Plant the heel of your foot on the floor, and apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal with the ball of your foot. Apply enough pressure until just before locking up the wheels. Release the pressure, and repeat the process until your vehicle comes to a complete stop.
Without Anti-Lock Brakes
If your car is not equipped with anti-lock brakes, the process for braking differs slightly. You should still use the heel-to-toe method, but instead do not remove your foot from the pedal or release pressure until your car comes to a complete stop. Keep your hands where they are on the wheel to avoid spinning out.
Correcting a Slide
Despite being an alert and safe driver, some situations may come up where you find yourself in a slide. In order to regain control, you should release your foot off the brake pedal, and turn your wheel into the direction the rear of the car is sliding, or the direction you want the car to go. It is best to drive slower in harsh weather conditions, since controlling and braking adequately at high speeds is much more difficult and dangerous.
For more information or to schedule an inspection for your brakes in NH, call RK Auto Repair at 603-595-7575.