July 2021.- The coldest months begin and with them, the most adverse weather conditions. Rain, snow, and blizzards that appear in different areas of the country might complicate driving or extend travel times behind the wheel. However, driving in the rain does not have to be stressful. It is enough to be informed, be careful and always take the necessary precautions to drive safely. For this reason, MG Motor wants to share its best tips to be considered this winter.
“In winter, the weather can be more adverse when it comes to driving a car. At MG Motor, we recommend taking precautions from the rain or snow as soon as the driver notices them. Just as it begins to drizzle and the road is not yet very wet, it is precisely when more care should be taken since dry roads combined with the first drops of water cause terrain to become very slippery and prone to generate car accidents,” said Christian Scheel Product & Sales Manager of SAIC Motor, MG Motor manufacturer and owner.
The basics need to be taken into account first. Tires are one of the most important parts of any vehicle. Those four rubber wheels are the only element that connects the vehicle to the pavement, so your tires must be in good condition to get a good grip on the road.
This item is different for each weather condition. Whereas for rain, it is recommended to brake from time to time to create friction and keep the brakes dry. “Some of our models are equipped with the Brake Disk-Wiping (BDW) system, which combined with other systems helps to make braking more effective,” adds Scheel. For snow, it is preferable not to brake by making sharp reductions, but to use the foot brake gently. Thus, we brake using four wheels instead of two.
Maintain your distance
As we have previously mentioned, the braking speed can be slower than usual, so it is essential to maintain an adequate distance to give that extra braking time to our vehicle, avoiding collisions. We recommend you to keep a minimum distance of 10 meters, about two cars between the car in front of you and yours, so if you have to brake unexpectedly, you will have enough distance to avoid an accident.
We recommend avoiding cruise control in adverse weather. This advice is based on the reasoning that computers simply cannot identify that pavement is wet, which could cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
“With these tips, we hope the next time people are confronted with rainy or snowy conditions, they will feel prepared to arrive safe and sound at their destination. Keeping up to date with our MG Care program, of course, is an essential factor for your vehicle to be at its best performance, thus optimizing its functions to 100%. With all these recommendations and with your car in optimal conditions, adverse climates will not be a danger for the driver or his loved ones,” concludes Scheel.