With winter comes snow, skiers and locals delight of the major ski destinations. But at the same time it can be a deadly enemy if you do not have the necessary precautions for driving on snowy or icy roads.
Here are some tips that you should have in mind when traveling to the mountains and areas with snow on the road, so that your travel and stay be as safe and enjoyable as possible.
The key to everything is the sense to avoid accidents.
1 - Setting up your vehicle. Before you leave check the proper operation of windshield wipers, brake pads, belts and hoses, check that your tires are properly inflated, have at least 50% of the tank and remove ice or snow from windows, fenders, mirrors and lights.
2 - Always use safety belts and child safety devices.
3 - Always keep a safe distance as on ice or snow a greater distance is required for the vehicle to stop.
4 - Drive smoothly. Avoid sudden movements, shaking or swerving. Reduce speed when cornering and brake gently, avoiding braking. In gravel it is recommended not to travel to more oveer 40 km/h.
5 - Indicate the address change even when there was nobody around.
6 - Avoid driving on the shoulder, only to be used in cases of extreme necessity.
7 - Use of the lights. It is mandatory the use of low light during the day. The position lights must be turned on simultaneously with high or low light, and glare should be used at grade crossings and to warn overtaking.
8 - Use of chains. Place the chains on the wheels when the road looks white in color. Do not expect to be blocked to replace them.
9 - Do not ever pass a snowplow while it is working.
10 - Never exceed the speed limit and try not to travel at night.
11 - Do not drive if you drank alcohol for your own safety.