To continue with the Winter Vehicles Tips series I will share some more tips I have gathered about actually driving your vehicle in Yellowknife’s winter conditions.
Once your vehicle has been plugged in for the suggested amount of time from the last set of tips, you should let your vehicle idle for at least a couple minutes. There has been controversy about how long a vehicle needs to idle, but setting aside personal opinions and whether or not it is warm inside your vehicle, it is probably a good idea to let it idle for 5 minutes. Why, because all the liquids need a chance to warm up and get moved around inside the engine to properly do their jobs. Think of it this way, if you start your vehicle and then scrape all your windows, by the time you are done your vehicle should be good to go.
With all-season tires, ensure the tread will still give traction on slippery roads, and having studs on all four tires is also excellent for traction. If not, then snow tires become your best choice. No matter if you have a front-wheel or a rear-wheel drive vehicle, if you’re going to put on snow or winter tires, all four should be changed. And always store your ‘summer’ tires on their sides as opposed to on their tread, which can cause flat spots and cause them to become unbalanced. Letting a slight bit of air out of your tires can help with traction, but can be a pain when your tire is frozen from sitting all night.
Having a winter front is a good idea for not only your vehicle but for your benefit as well. Having one on your vehicle can speed up with time your heater will blow warm air.
Twist your Wheel
A good tip I learned from a car dealership is about loosening up your power steering. By turning your steering wheel slightly from side to side before you start driving can help loosen the fluid and get it moving for when you are driving. The prevent those pesky blown lines.
Driving the Street
In Yellowknife, the hard packed snow on the roads can be as slippery as ice at -30. It is a good idea to keep a little more distance from the vehicle in front of you and begin starting to stop sooner. Remember braking distance is increased further. Make sure to be more cautious of your surrounding.
Many tips and tricks can be formed for safe driving if you have any of your own remember to share them.