Winter Driving Tips
KNOW YOUR CAR - KNOW YOUR BRAKES
In everyday driving situations, cars with both ABS (antilock brakes) and traditional braking systems are basically identical. In an emergency stopping situation, however, you must use two distinctly different techniques to stop your car.
The beauty of ABS is that pressing the brake pedal as hard as possible and holding it there allows the computer to pump the brakes while still maintaining some steering effectiveness. Remember that ABS can’t perform miracles: if you feel ABS engaging during every day driving, slow down, because you are exceeding the reasonable speed for the conditions.
With non-ABS brakes, the cadence, or pumping technique, is most effective in an emergency, but you must lift off of the brake if steering is required to avoid an obstacle.
I just wanted to pass on to you and the crew how much the class really helped. I was put to the test tonight; I drove home...through a full on blizzard and slushy roads. What would have been a stressful white knuckle drive home became a...confident journey. I made it home safe and sound with limited stress. Thanks to everyone there; I hope more drivers realize what a meaningful investment the Bridgestone Winter Driving School is for everyone. Jan L., Steamboat Springs
~ Jan L., Second Gear Graduate