Tips for driving safely in deep snow

REED CITY - When you find yourself driving in the snow - deep snow - adjust your driving so you stay safely on the road.

Getting stuck or sliding off the road can be costly in terms of money and health, so make these winter driving tips part of your approach to frugal living.

Deep snow can offer up numerous challenges. Much of it depend on what kind of snow we’re dealing with and the ambient temperatures as well.

As a general rule, going slow and steady works well. Snow is a loose material under your wheels, so you can slide easily if you make any sudden change in speed or direction.

Try these tips for driving in the snow that’s deep and see if they help keep you on the road instead of off in the ditch;

● Go slowly in deep snow until you get a feel for it. If you run quickly up and into deep snow, here is what can happen: If it’s hard it can leave you high centered. If it’s wet it can grab your undercarriage and cement you in place. If it’s dry it can engulf your car as you sink deeply into it.

● Listen for your undercarriage dragging through the snow. It’s your first sign that it’s beginning to get too deep to drive through.

● Snow that’s above your bumper will create tremendous resistance to forward movement and that will cause you to lose traction.

● Dry snow at the level of your bumper can pile up quickly and fly up onto your windshield, reducing visibility to the point where you can’t see where you’re going.

● Snow drifts create the greatest drag on your vehicle and will temporarily lift your tires off the road, so don’t try breaking through them unless you’re certain that you can do so in a safe and controlled manner that gets your drive wheels back on the road on the other side of the drift so you can continue with forward momentum.

Going slowly when driving in the snow that’s deep will allow you to recognize problems in time to stop and withdraw yourself from the situation.

Otherwise, be prepared to dig yourself out or sit in the road until help arrives.