Driving in the winter can be a little trickier than in the summer. The roads can be slippery, and it can make some people a little nervous. But don't worry, I've got some tips to help you navigate the winter roads like a pro.
First things first, let's get to know your vehicle
Different cars have different features that can help you stay safe, like anti-lock braking systems and traction control. Take some time to familiarize yourself with your car and its capabilities. This way, you'll know how to use the tools at your disposal.
Next up, road conditions
It's important to check for yourself how slippery the roads are. Try some steering tests to see if you lose grip, and play around with acceleration and braking to get a feel for the road. Just be sure there aren't any cars too close to you when you do these tests!
When driving on slippery roads, slow down and adjust your speed accordingly
Even reducing your speed by just a little bit can make a big difference when it comes to stopping and maneuvering. If you need to hit the brakes suddenly, press down hard and steer in the direction you want to go. Don't be alarmed if you hear sounds and feel vibrations from the car - that's just the ABS system doing its job!
Remember, sudden movements can spell trouble on slippery roads. Plan your driving in advance and avoid any abrupt changes in direction. Keep a loose grip on the steering wheel and maintain a relaxed posture to feel the road better.
Tires are your best friends in the winter
Choosing the right tires is also an important tool we have to avoid dangerous situations and is a cost-effective insurance for both you and your fellow road users.
The requirement for tread depth on winter tires from November 1st to the first Sunday after Easter is a minimum of 3 millimeters. In Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark, the tread depth requirements apply from October 16th to April 30th. However, it is recommended to have a minimum of 4 millimeters of tread and ensure you have newer tires. Tires are perishable, and old tires lose the softness that can be critical for traction on slippery roads. It is also important to have the correct tire pressure, so remember to check it regularly as temperature changes can lead to pressure loss.
Vehicles must not be used without adequate traction in relation to the road conditions, if necessary by using winter tires with or without studs, chains, or similar. Some places may have local restrictions on the use of studded tires, so check if this applies in your city.
Studded tires or chains must not be used from the first Monday after Easter until October 31st unless the road conditions make it necessary. In Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark, the corresponding period is from May 1st to October 15th. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration may make exceptions to this prohibition.
In some areas, there are specific requirements for winter tires, so be sure to check that. Also, keep an eye on the tire pressure as it can fluctuate with temperature changes.
Visibility is key!
Clean your windows and mirrors from ice and snow to have a clear view. And don't forget to check your windshield washer fluid and make sure it's topped up.
Finally, there may be some days when the road conditions are just too dangerous. If there's freezing rain or any other extreme weather, it's better to stay off the roads and prioritize safety. At our driving school, we always put your safety first and won't hesitate to cancel activities if necessary.
So there you have it - some handy tips to help you stay safe on the winter roads. At Kör, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable winter driving experience. Take care, and happy driving!