Dalton, NH (NEWS CENTER) - Preparation, practice and experience are important factors in keeping winter drivers safe. However, even veteran drivers need to stay up on changing conditions and new technology.
"The conditions are changing, the temperatures are changing, the position of the sun the wind direction, so you as a good driver should constantly be monitoring conditions and adjusting your speed," said Tim O'Neil of the Tim O'Neil Rally School and Car Control Center in Dalton, New Hampshire.
O'Neil stresses preparing your car for stormy weather, practicing in winter conditions and taking appropriate action when you must drive in less than optimal conditions.
The car should be prepared by the time winter arrives. Your car needs snow tires, a balanced cooling system and a battery/charging system that are up to standard. If you have all-weather tires, be aware that you lose a pound of pressure for every ten degrees
Many people are lazy about clearing all the snow off their car before they drive. Having good windshield wipers and a full tank of gas are important.
Should one go off the road in an isolated area, the average car will idle for three days on a full tank of gas. Should you ever find yourself in such a situation, you should make sure that your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. Should that pipe be blocked it could result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
O'Neil thinks being familiar with your car is important. "You can't always brake as hard as you want. Sometimes, the softer the surface, the softer you brake," said the rally champion.
He strongly recommends practice and experiment in a safe place. That's why so many drivers come to his isolated New Hampshire driving school. Here, drivers are trained for the streets, racing, military and security purposes.