Winter driving tips from Porsche

Tips for driving in low-traction conditions, even for non-Porsche drivers.

Reagan Morgan

Here are some winter driving tips straight from the Porsche Camp4 Colorado curriculum:

  • Cars respond more slowly on slippery surfaces. Always wait a moment after steering, braking, or accelerating to see how the car behaves before giving it more input.
  • Visibility is greatly reduced in bad weather. Make sure you can see clearly, and turn on your headlights.
  • Brake carefully and accelerate more gently.
  • Get the car pointed where you want to go before getting on the gas.
  • Be aware of reduced grip.
  • Take corners at lower speeds.
  • Brake sooner and longer than on dry surfaces.
  • Apex later.
  • Look for fresh snow - it provides more grip.
  • Avoid icy ruts.
  • Check tire pressures monthly - tire pressure can change by 1 psi for every 10 degree F change in temperature (use manufacturer-recommended pressure).

And perhaps the most important tip taught in every driving school, whether it's in the snow or on the pavement:

  • Look farther ahead. So many of us keep our eyes glued to the back of the car in front of us. The car goes where you look, so get those eyes up and anticipate your next move!
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    Laura Burstein is a freelance automotive and technology journalist. She covers car news and events for a variety of companies including CNET, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz. Laura is a member of the Motor Press Guild and the BMW Car Club of America, and spends much of her spare time at high-performance driving schools, car control clinics, and motorsports events. She's also an avid Formula 1 fan. When she's not at the track, Laura's rubbing elbows with car cognoscenti at auto shows, auctions, design events, and various social gatherings. Disclosure.


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