Tips for driving my Audi in the winter

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Tips for driving my Audi in the winter

With the winter season being right around the corner, it stands to reason that you will want to begin prepping your vehicles for the snow. From winter tires to topping up your fluids, there are many things on the prep list to check off. At Pfaff Audi in Vaughan, we have a large selection of vehicles that are perfect for driving in the snow! However, even though you may be looking for  a new vehicle, it doesn’t mean that you are aware of how to drive optimally in the snow. In this blog by Pfaff Audi, we take a look at some tips for driving your Audi in the winter! Read on!

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Always be prepared…

Yes, it’s important to service your vehicle at the onset of winter; but there are other preparations you should take as the weather becomes inclement. To begin with, you’ll want to create a winter driving kit that contains a few essential items, such as a snow brush, ice scraper, flashlight, gloves, jumper cables, a blanket, flares, a small shovel, sand/salt, and washer fluid. And while it might seem self-evident, you should be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

Watch your acceleration…

It’s important to remember that the tires on your vehicle experience the greatest amount of traction immediately upon depressing the accelerator. As such, you’ll want to leverage this heightened level of friction when road conditions are poor. To do so, apply gentle pressure to your gas pedal when first accelerating. If you do enter a skid, stop accelerating and do not continue until your vehicle regains traction and you have full control of your vehicle.

Watch your steering…

To begin with, avoid lane changes, especially on the highway. Snow build-up between lanes can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If you do enter a skid or want to avoid a rear-end collision, it is suggested that you first try to steer your way out of the problem. This will help you to avoid skidding caused by heavy or rapid braking. Finally, using the Push-Pull-Slide steering technique will provide you a range of movement that enables you to make continuous and unobstructed adjustments in either direction.

Be careful with your braking…

When driving on icy, wet, or slippery roadways, you must be more diligent about your braking habits and alter the manner in which you apply them. If your vehicle does not have an anti-lock braking system, you should employ the Threshold Method. The Threshold Method requires a driver to keep the heel of their foot on the floor. The driver then should apply firm and steady pressure on the pedal with the balls of their feet up to the “threshold” of the brakes locking. Once you near the braking “threshold,” remove pressure from the pedal, then depress it again. If your vehicle comes equipped with anti-lock brakes, you can simply depress the brakes. There is no reason to “pump” the brakes if you have an anti-lock system.

At Pfaff Audi in Vaughan, we have a massive selection of new and pre-owned vehicles that are great to drive in the winter. Audi vehicles are quite powerful, so it is always beneficial to brush up on your winter driving techniques if you are about to take ownership of a new Audi vehicle! Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to speak with a representative.