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Winter Driving Tips and Limo Safety in Columbus, Ohio.
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Winter Driving Tips and Limo Safety in Columbus, Ohio.

Icy Driving Conditions

In the previous article, we addressed the second of the three common winter conditions we experience in Columbus, Ohio, heavy snow. In this installment, we’ll discuss the third, and perhaps most dreaded condition, ice.

There is simply no avoiding it. Ice is a fact of life and creates challenges for us as we provide limo safety in Columbus, Ohio. Our freeze-thaw cycles create slippery roads that challenge drivers of all experience levels.

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Snow on Hills

One of the biggest problems with ice is how it affects travel on hills. Sliding down a hill in a car is a very bad feeling, and once it starts, there is almost nothing you can do stop it. So the best practice for avoiding this dangerous situation is to avoid hills altogether. This may sound extreme, but it’s easier than you think.

In a previous article, we talked about planning your route ahead of time. This practice comes in handy here as well. If you know that a certain route contains a hill, find another route. Period. Additionally, you can park at the bottom of a hill and walk up or down.

Our drivers, in their quest to provide a high level of limo safety in Columbus don’t take chances with hills. It is much better to do a little walking than to risk ending up in a ditch. This may seem obvious, but you see it all the time, a car spinning out as the driver attempts to climb the hill in front of his house when he could have just parked at the bottom.

And while we’re at it, let’s talk about walking on ice. One important thing, keep your hands out of your pockets! If you slip and fall, you may not be able to get them out in time to brace yourself or grab on to something.

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Traction on the Ice

But back to driving. Traction is also a problem on ice, so be sure to follow the guidelines from the previous installments of this series. Keep a long following distance to the car in front of you, and start and stop very slowly (apply pressure to the pedals slowly).

One of the biggest problems with ice is how it affects travel on hills.

Another factor to consider is the use of snow chains. Snow chains or cables work like added treads to the tires. Normal tires have a hard time finding traction when there is ice and snow on the ground. Snow chains will bite into the terrain and provide added traction.

Tips for using snow chains:

  • You should only use snow chains when there is a good layer of compacted snow or ice.
  • With some designs of chain you have to stop after a short distance to check and adjust the tension – refer to the instructions for your chains.
  • Driving on a road that has been cleared may cause damage to both the vehicle and the road which may also mean you will have to put on and take off the chains multiple times.
  • Before you head out on your journey, have a go at putting them on and taking them off as once you are in the snow and have either half frozen fingers or soggy wet gloves, it may get a bit tricky.
  • Generally, traction control/anti-skid should be turned off when using snow chains.

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One last thought on snow chains, experts suggest one pair, but you can use two. A front wheel drive car with chains only on the front wheels will have a tendency to over-steer. A rear wheel drive car with chains only on the rear will tend to under-steer. A four wheel drive vehicle should have chains fitted to all four wheels.

To recap, the first principle for driving in winter is to understand the conditions of the road. While some driving guidelines are universal, different conditions, such as light snow, heavy snow and ice, require specific techniques. Leaving more stopping distance, signaling and planning your route in advance are examples.

We hope that these guidelines, which we use to provide limo safety in Columbus, Ohio, can be useful to all drivers to ensure the safety of their clients, family and friends.

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