How to Drive During Winter


One of the best parts of driving a Subaru vehicle is knowing that it can handle anything that is thrown at it. However, it’s best not to get overconfident when dealing with the ice and snow that comes along with winter here in the Baltimore, MD area. Even when your new Subaru car is equipped with all-wheel drive, there are still some winter driving tips that you should take into consideration.


Take things slowly: One of the most important things to keep in mind when driving in winter weather is that everything takes longer. Whether you’re accelerating, stopping, or turning, nothing will happen as fast as it does on dry pavement. When accelerating, apply the gas slowly so that your vehicle can regain traction and avoiding skidding on ice. When braking, remember that it takes longer to slow down on icy roads, so when you need to come to a stop, make sure to hit the brakes earlier than you normally would.


Know your brakes: New Subaru vehicles like the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek are equipped with new high-tech braking systems, but even so, when stopping on slick roads, it is best to utilize a technique called threshold braking. To do this, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply steady pressure on the brake pedal.


Increase your following distance: In normal road conditions, the typical advice is to leave a gap of three to four seconds between you and the car in front of you. Because of the longer stopping distance that is associated with icy roads, it is advised that you increase that distance to eight to 10 seconds.


For more winter Subaru driving tips, talk to a dealer here at Heritage Subaru Catonsville.


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