Snow and ice certainly provide challenges to drivers. (Don’t laugh; I know we are in Yuma but you may travel to snowy or icy conditions.) When driving on snow you need increased traction. That’s why four-wheel-drive vehicles (or front-wheel-drive vehicles) get around better—simply because of their superior traction. The photo above is from a Spring storm in Flagstaff.

In deep snow, one tip that might come in handy is to lower the air pressure in your tires to about 25 pounds of pressure. You still won’t be able to drive fast, but since there’s more rubber on the road, you’ll notice an improvement in your ability to negotiate snowy road conditions. Note: It is important to remember to drive slowly, never at high speeds until you re-inflate the tires. Once you get to plowed roads you will need to inflate the tires to the specified pressure right away.

When traveling in the winter to areas that have snow or winter storms approaching, always check ahead to see if snow chains will be required. Believe it or not, they are available in some of our local parts stores right here in Yuma. So plan ahead and be safe when you travel!

Stopping in icy or snowy conditions can be tricky. The best method is to gently pump the brakes in the snow, but the best advice I can offer is to drive as though you had an egg under the gas and brake pedals. Accelerate slowly and brake gently. Don’t push on the pedals too strongly while either accelerating or slowing. Loss of control can happen suddenly if you do.

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