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Driving in winter: Safe on the road in ice and snow

Drivers must always expect black ice and snow in winter. It becomes particularly dangerous at temperatures around freezing point, because the condition of the road can then change quickly. 10 tips to help you arrive safely.

  • Required by law: winter tires in snow, slush and ice

  • ADAC recommends winter tires from October to Easter

  • Avoid hectic maneuvers on slippery roads

Even if it's a nuisance: that before you set off Completely free the car from ice and snow. This is mandatory and you can only react quickly if you have a good view. In addition, cars driving behind must not be endangered by falling snow or ice. Say: Ice scraper and car whisk belong in every vehicle now.

10 tips for driving in winter

  • Winter or all-season tires wind up, at the latest when you are out and about in wintry road conditions. Our graphic below shows how important winter tires are. You can read here which rules apply in Germany.

  • Adjust your speed and keep enough distance to the person in front.

  • Low-speed driving in high gear makes it easier to get ahead on slippery roads - the tires develop better grip. Therefore, if it is slippery, drive off e.g. in second gear.

  • Occasionally do a short one Brake test on the open road when there is no danger to others. This gives you a feeling for the road situation and the braking distance on a slippery road surface. It can be up to five times as long as on dry asphalt!

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  • No jerky steering movements. If the vehicle still comes into play on a straight line fling, disengage, brake and counter-steer quickly but carefully. ESP helps stabilize the car. If the vehicle no longer reacts, only emergency braking will help.

  • With modern Automatic cars usually the electronics provide a certain amount of traction control. When starting off on a slippery surface, you should be particularly careful with the gas. In older automatic cars, shift the selector lever to position N for gentle braking. So the wheels are free from drive influences.

  • Device the car off track in the curveDo not try hectic maneuvers, just step firmly and steadily on the brake pedal ("braking blow"). Stay relaxed at the wheel and only make gentle corrections. Usually a speed reduction of a few km / h is enough and the car can be controlled again.

  • Beware of fluctuating temperatures around freezing point. Now the road surface can change constantly.

  • Is the roadway with ice Excessive, for example after freezing rain, only one thing helps: leave the car behind and wait for road service. The adhesion between the tire and the road is zero. Here you can find more information about driving in black ice.
    Snow and slippery roads often lead to long traffic jams. Allow longer travel times, especially in rush hour traffic.

  • If chains are compulsory, you should know how to fit snow chains, so it's best to try them out beforehand. They belong on the drive wheels (observe the manufacturer's instructions for all-wheel drive vehicles). This means that a maximum of 50 km / h is permitted.

The right lighting is also important for your safety in the darker months of the year. You need to know that.

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