09 Mar 10 tips for driving in bad weather: snow, ice, fog
With the one that is falling in almost all Spain, it agrees to remember some of the most important appearances related to the conduction with snow or ice by means.
With half of the peninsula covered by a blanket of snow and night temperatures below zero in many parts of Spain, the Royal Automobile Club Vasco Navarro ( RACVN ) reminds us how we should act in case of having to travel by car these days.
1. FILL THE FUEL TANK
It is important to start our trip with the full fuel tank and avoid staying at a low level during the journey. The more full the better. This obeys two reasons. First, so as not to run out of gas and continue until we reach our destination. And second, because the heating of the vehicle works with the car engine running. That is, the heat that reaches the passenger compartment when we turn on the heating comes from the heat that the engine emits when it is in operation. If we could not have the engine running, we could not maintain the temperature of the car. Read more https://rewardprice.com/reviews/cars-that-drive-themselves/
2.OPEN THE VEHICLE WINDOWS FROM TIME TO TIME
If we have the engine running for a long time and we just move with our vehicle, it is advisable to open the windows to expel the gases emitted by the engine itself that could accumulate in the passenger compartment. Although this is not usual (the accumulation of gases in the passenger compartment), it is not remote or impossible. In any case, it is advisable to be cautious and when in doubt, “prevention is better than cure”.
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3.BRING WARM CLOTHES AND BLANKETS
Warm clothes and blankets will help us maintain our own body heat if we must wait inside the vehicle. Also, they will be of great help in case of having to leave the car abroad. The blankets can be helpful in case of finding a traffic accident or be involved in one because the injured should be covered so they do not lose their body heat.
4.WATER AND FOOD
Faced with the risk of being trapped for a long time, it is advisable to take with our water to drink and hydrate and food. Food is defined as those foods that are well preserved at different temperatures and that are not perishable, such as cereal energy bars or other foods.
It is important to carry with us at least one of these devices in good condition and with sufficient battery charge. In addition, in the RACVN recommend carrying a charger that connects to the 12v cigarette lighter socket. It is also important to have the engine running , if it is not at all times, yes on intermittent frequencies since the electrical consumption of the load of the mobile or other elements that we use, is given by the alternator when the engine is running, but if this is not the way the battery does it directly (being able to remain unloaded if we do not start the engine at any time).
6.VEST AND TRIANGLES
It is mandatory to wear a vest and triangles with us, but in adverse circumstances, its disposition and use are even more relevant. It is essential to see and be seen by other users in the event that we should leave our car.
7.CHECK THE VEHICLE LIGHTING
As in the previous point, we emphasize the importance of being and being seen and for this the lighting of the car is essential.
8.CARRY A SET OF CHAINS
As important as carrying a set of chains in the vehicle is knowing how to place them. In case of having a set of chains for two wheels, these must be placed on the driving wheels, that is, on the wheels that receive the power of the engine for the car to move. In most cars, the driving wheels are usually the front wheels, while in some cases (BMW or Mercedes) they are usually the rear wheels and in others, like the 4×4, they are the four wheels.
9.KNOW HOW THE DRIVING AID DEVICES WORK
We must know if our vehicle has systems to help with driving and vehicle stability such as ESP, DSTC, etc. If they do (more and more vehicles currently have these devices), we should check the instructions of the car, the dealer or the manufacturer of these devices should be disconnected or not in case of snow or ice. There will be manufacturers that recommend it, while others will not. Each device can act differently (depending on brand and manufacturer).
10.SMOOTH AND PROGRESSIVE DRIVING
On slippery surfaces with ice or snow, we must change our habitual way of driving increasing the safety distances with the vehicles that precede us and driving in a smooth and progressive way. That is, without accelerations or abrupt braking, with higher gears than we would normally (and therefore revolutionizing the engine less), braking smoothly and even using the engine to brake (to slow down, but without stepping sharply the brake pedal).
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