Surviving RWD in the Winter Months
Navigating winter road conditions can feel daunting, especially if you have a vehicle with rear-wheel drive (RWD). However, driving with RWD isn’t the risk it used to be with the innovative technology in new vehicle models. That sophisticated technology, along with some helpful tips, can make navigating winter road conditions a breeze. Here’s everything you need to know about surviving RWD in the winter months.
Innovative Traction-Control Technology
Innovative traction-control technology and electronic stability control systems have helped improve winter driving conditions for those with RWD. Electronic stability control (ESC) systems help prevent fishtailing with automatic computer-controlled braking that can apply the break to any of the wheels and allows drivers to steer their vehicle back on course.
ESC, paired with traction control, which prevents wheelspins by limiting the throttle and breaking the driver’s wheelspin, makes driving with RWD a more manageable experience. Especially in newer vehicles, innovative technology works with drivers to monitor road conditions and help drivers navigate snowy or icy conditions.
Tips for Surviving RWD in the Winter
That being said, it’s still the driver’s responsibility to drive carefully in any weather condition, especially winter road conditions. Following these simple tips can make surviving RWD in the winter easier than ever.
- Put weight in the back of the vehicle like sandbags, cinder blocks, or kitty litter boxes.
- Pay attention to how planted your car is. If you feel your vehicle slipping, gently counter-steer to correct it.
- Take your time accelerating and use the gas gently to prevent wheel spin.
- Swap out all-season tires for winter tires to prevent fishtailing and improve braking in winter conditions.
- Avoid slamming on the brakes if your vehicle slides. Instead, use gentle, measured movements.
- Slow down on slick roads, especially when turning.
Many of these tips for surviving RWD in the winter are centered around reducing your speed and remaining calm, even if you slide. Driving with measured control can help drivers navigate grueling driving conditions and make it safely home without incident.
Put an Emergency Plan in Place
Even the most cautious drivers may find themselves in an emergency driving situation. That’s why it’s imperative that drivers put an emergency plan in place before getting behind the wheel this winter. Create an emergency kit with blankets, water, a warning sign to alert other drivers, and a list of emergency contacts. That list should include family members who can help you, a repair facility for your vehicle, and a towing service. While no one wants to be in an emergency situation, having a plan can help drivers navigate a stressful situation.
About Pole Position Auto Body
For over 30 years, Metro Detroiters have trusted Pole Position Auto Body for all of their vehicle’s needs. We’re an I-Car Gold certified facility, meaning our experienced technicians have regular training on the newest vehicle technology and use the best techniques on all of our repairs. From offering 24/7 towing services to returning your vehicle to its pristine pre-accident condition almost 3 days quicker than the average facility, Pole Position Auto Body helps ease drivers back onto the road after an accident.
Call Pole Position Auto Body: 586-775-4825 – Where Excellence is a Habit, Not an Act!