Will my car be okay in the snow?

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asked Nov 21, 2022 in Other-Cars/Transportation by Blassinggill (1,000 points)
Will my car be okay in the snow?

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answered Mar 15, 2023 by Caldecott (20,920 points)
Your car will be okay in the snow as long as you're prepared to drive safely.

However if the snow is too bad or too deep or there's too much blowing snow you should not go out driving unless absolutely necessary.

The car itself will not be harmed by the snow but it can become dangerous to drive in snow if it gets too deep and it can even leave you stranded.

To get your car unstuck from snow and ice.

Remove any snow around the tires and then put some kitty litter behind the tires and then try backing up and moving forward until you gain traction.

Clear a path around your tires.
Try to dig snow and ice away from the drive tires.
Rock your car free of the snow.
Don't floor the gas.
Add traction under your tires.
Get others to help push your car.
Ask for help.
Always keep a cool head.

When driving on snow covered roads you should reduce your speed by at least 1/2 or sometimes more depending on how bad the snow covered roads are.

When the roads are more snow packed then you want to reduce your speed more.

When driving in snow, rain, fog or any other adverse condition, what should a driver do with their speed?

Drivers should reduce their speed by 1/3 on wet roads and by 1/2 on snow packed roads.

If your car gets stuck in the snow you should get out of the car if safe to do so.

Then if you have a shovel try removing as much snow as you can from the tires and dig a pathway out.

However sometimes the car may still slide or be stuck and if you have no shovel you should call a tow company to help pull you out.

If you're stuck in snow on a highway then you should try to get out of your vehicle in case of a pile up.

Get somewhere safe if you can.

6 things you can and should try to do when your vehicle or car is stuck in the snow include.

Clear a path around your tires.
Try to dig snow and ice away from the drive tires.
Rock your car free of the snow.
Don't floor the gas.
Add traction under your tires.
Get others to help push your car.
Ask for help.

It is dangerous to drive in the snow.

However if you're careful and drive slower then it can also be pretty safe to drive in the snow.

Also if depends on how bad the snow is that you're driving in and how clear the roads are.

If the snow is blowing hard and making it hard to see then it becomes more dangerous.

Or if there's ice under the snow that can make it dangerous for driving in the snow as well.

Snow makes roads extremely slick and slippery, so when you're driving in the snow it's easy to lose control of your vehicle when it loses traction.

This means your wheels can slide out of control and you're at high risk of getting into an accident or collision.

Avoid traveling in snow or ice unless you absolutely have to.

It's better to stay safe and stay home until the storm passes and roads are passable.

Leave extra time to get to your destination.

Add an extra 30 minutes to your drive time in snow, which means departing earlier than normal to get where you're going.

Most people are safe driving in up to 4 inches of snow if they have good snow tires and pay close attention to the road.

What's more, if you have a vehicle with huge snow tires, you should be able to travel on roads covered in 6 or more inches of snow.

Some things you can do if you're sliding on ice are.

Remove your foot from the accelerator.

Using your accelerator will spin your vehicle's wheels, so it's the last thing you want to touch in the event of a skid.
Avoid slamming on the brakes.
Steer away from the skid.
Don't oversteer.

The basic problem with snow driving is one of traction: it's very easy to lose it, and the problem gets worse if ice gets into the picture (snow can actually provide better traction than ice, but ice can hide in plain sight so-called "black ice" and be concealed under snow.)

Driving in six or more inches is not a problem if you have a vehicle with big snow tires.

With keen attention to road conditions and good-quality snow tires, you can safely drive in four inches of snow.

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