It’s that time of the year we Indians look forward to the most. When the sun doesn’t beat down on us as much as it does for the rest of the year. And when the mercury stays at a reasonable height.
Driving in India in winter, particularly in areas where it snows, can be a just a little tricky.
So, if you are planning to take your SKODA for a short spin or a long drive, here are a few tips.
It’s always a good idea to get your SKODA thoroughly checked at an authorised service station before the onset of winter. The expert teams will ensure that your car is ready for any eventuality.
Since visibility is the key to driving safely in winter, your SKODA’s windshield should be demisted and wiped clean before the start of a journey. Ensure that wipers are working well, and the mirrors are not covered by dust and grit.
It makes sense to drive slower than usual during winter because your visibility will be lower. Also, you have to mentally prepare for the erratic behavior of the car in front of you.
Before you set off, spend some time on weather forecasts. If there are indications of heavy fog or snow and you expect to travel through isolated or hilly areas, you may want to think about rescheduling your trip.
Prepare for eventualities. Your SKODA’s fuel tank should be more than half full. Carry a torch and a first aid kit, food, blankets and a flask full of hot tea. Make sure your phone is fully charged in case you need to call and wait for help.
Leading automobile organisations recommend that you do NOT warm your vehicle in an enclosed area. It is also best to AVOID using cruise control on slippery roads. It is also advisable not to use the parking brake in cold and snowy weather.
When driving in snow, it is advisable to accelerate and decelerate slowly. And try to avoid stopping completely. If you have enough momentum to keep rolling when till the traffic light changes to green, do it.
Your SKODA is an advanced piece of engineering and should keep you cozy and safe on winter drives. However, a few precautions never hurt anybody.
Happy Winter Driving!