Indian cars are used to operating in rainy or hot weather. In order to meet this need, tires and other preparations are geared towards it. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding driving in the winter months.
- Winter driving in India may be funny to some, but it’s a real challenge for those who are on the road. As we switch to SUV-like cars that are taller and wider, a sense of invincibility is settling among drivers. But be careful, especially if you live near mountains. While these cars are equipped to handle rough terrain, they can be tricky in twisties. The higher ground clearance of these cars should be considered when driving.
- Winter car driving myths include the use of tires. The use of climate-specific car tires is limited, but they are a lifesaver for those who live in the mountains with a lot of snow.
- Electronic aids like Anti-Lock Brakes and electronic Stability Programs are allowing cars to go faster & more steadily than ever. In the battle against Mother Nature, it is important to keep in mind that humans will always be forced to retreat. If you have ABS, slow down and brake sooner than normal when temperatures start to fall.
- The same goes for 4-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive. It’s important to remember that you are not invincible when driving. If you are moving in the snow or ice, AWD and 4WD won’t keep you safe.
- In India, cars are driven above the speed limit. In adverse weather conditions, it is best to adhere to the speed limit for safety reasons, even if the driver feels confident about maintaining the higher speed.
When the temperature drops, it is not a good idea to turn on all the lights. The lights can scatter and blind other motorists, increasing the risk of an accident. It is best to use low beams and fog lamps only when needed.