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How To Safely Drive On Icy Roads.

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Winter’s charm can quickly transform into a driver’s nightmare when the roads turn icy. Every year, thousands find themselves skidding, sliding, and struggling to maintain control of their vehicles on slick, icy roads. But with the right knowledge and tools, driving on icy roads doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure you reach your destination safely.

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Understanding Your Vehicle: The 4-Wheel Drive Misconception

Does 4 wheel drive help on ice? Many believe that having a 4wheel drive (4WD) gives them a significant advantage on icy surfaces. While 4WD can provide better initial traction during acceleration, it does not offer a considerable advantage when it comes to braking and cornering. Remember, ice doesn’t discriminate; it can be treacherous for both 2WD and 4WD vehicles. Always approach icy conditions with caution, irrespective of your vehicle’s drive configuration.

Start Slow, Stay Slow

One of the golden rules of driving on icy roads is to start your car gently and drive at reduced speeds. Quick accelerations can cause your tires to spin. Maintaining a slow pace gives you more time to react to unexpected slips or obstacles.

The Gentle Art Of Braking

Avoid slamming on your brakes. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes (ABS), press the brake pedal firmly and hold. You might feel the brakes pulse — this is expected. If your vehicle lacks ABS, gently pump the brakes if you start to skid.

Increase Your Following Distance

On icy roads, stopping distances can be ten times longer. Instead of the usual three to four-second rule, increase your following distance to at least eight to ten seconds. This added space gives you ample time to stop safely.

Avoid Cruise Control

Cruise control can be a boon on long drives but is a strict no-no for icy conditions. It can accelerate your car when you least expect it, causing a loss of traction.

Navigating Hills: A Tricky Endeavor

Never power up hills on icy roads. Trying to get some inertia going uphill can just make your wheels spin. Instead, try to get a little inertia before you reach the hill and let it carry you to the top. Once you’re over the crest, reduce your speed and descend slowly.

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Traction Magic: Your Essential Winter Driving Companion

Even the most seasoned drivers can find themselves in a tight spot on icy roads. This is where Traction Magic proves invaluable. 

A few key advantages of Traction Magic when driving on icy roads:

  • Quick Action: Unlike traditional salt and ice melts which take time and leave roads slippery, Traction Magic acts immediately, ensuring that your car doesn’t lose grip.
  • Effectiveness: Especially on treacherous black ice, where most products falter, Traction Magic stands robust, providing unmatched traction.
  • Environment and User Friendly: This 100% natural agent, effective even at -35°C, is not just safe for the environment but also for your vehicle, property, pets, and you.
  • Keep a pack in your trunk. If you find yourself stuck or at a slippery spot, sprinkle Traction Magic around your tires for instant traction and a safer journey.


Stay Informed And Prepared

Before setting out, always check the weather forecast. If conditions seem too severe, consider postponing your trip. If it’s essential, ensure your vehicle is winter-ready. Check tire pressures, battery health, and ensure your vehicle’s fluids are winter-grade. Always carry an emergency kit, including a flashlight, blankets, non-perishable food, and, of course, Traction Magic.

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In Conclusion

Driving on icy roads requires a mix of understanding your vehicle, adapting your driving techniques, and arming yourself with the right tools. With Traction Magic in your arsenal, you’re not just choosing safety for yourself but also for other motorists and pedestrians. Winter drives can be just as enjoyable, picturesque, and safe if you tread (or in this case, drive) wisely! Safe travels.

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