young woman in critical condition after collision with tractor

young woman in critical condition after collision with tractor
young woman in critical condition after collision with tractor

Published on Thursday January 18, 2024 at 9:44 a.m.

4-season tires, electric car… Here are all our tips if you still plan to drive in snowfall.

If your car has “summer” tires. Do not ride if the weather conditions are exceptional because these tires are not suitable for this type of event. According to a Vias survey, 23% of Walloons use summer tires all year round.

If you have 4 seasons. “The technology of these tires has improved in recent years. They are of better quality. However, you have to be wary of it in the snow. According to Touring, a car at 40 km/h equipped with 4-season tires needs 13 additional meters to stop than if it has winter tires,” compares Benoît Godart of the Vias institute. A 4-season has sipes on the sides to improve grip and transverse grooves that evacuate snow and water. But these tread patterns are less structured than on a winter tire. The performance is therefore lower. “The 4 seasons do not allow you to cross very snowy slopes. And they may pose a problem if you have to restart after stopping halfway up the slope.”

If you drive with winter tires. Even if they offer better grip, you will have to drive slower than usual and increase safety distances. “Overtaking slower vehicles will be done at a slightly higher speed. We will not drive at 120 km/h on the third lane of the highway. We will also be attentive to other users who could slip,” indicates Benoît Godart. “Winter tires can’t do anything against icy patches. »

Your car has a thermal engine. Change gears a little earlier than usual. As a general rule, avoid sudden movements. “Softness and flexibility must be the key words while driving.” If the ground is very slippery, the ABS system may release the brake excessively, so try to control it by braking quite hard, but not too much. Apply pressure with your heel against the ground and your toe on the brake pedal. “Winter shoes or boots with thick soles are often unsuitable in this regard. If necessary, put on a pair of sneakers to drive,” notes the Vias spokesperson. The straighter the wheels are, the more they grip the road and the less likely they are to spin. So turn the steering wheel as little as possible.

Your car is electric. Be careful when starting, these vehicles accelerate quickly and therefore immediately give a lot of traction force, which increases slippage. The correct dosage of the accelerator pedal is recommended, as are lighter shoes like thermal engines. Generally speaking, it is preferable to deactivate the “One Pedal drive”, the device which allows energy to be recovered by slowing down without using the brake pedal. This avoids jerks in driving.

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