Winter Driving Quiz Answers

  1. B; Clean all snow and ice off all windows. Remove all loose snow from the hood and roof to prevent it from blowing onto the windshield or drifting over the back of the vehicle while you drive. Don’t be a “peep hole driver,” and ensure all windows are defrosted before starting out.

  2. A; Snow tires do not lose their effectiveness at low temperatures, but remember they do have limitations. As unpacked snow turns to ice and packed snow, traction is reduced. Tire chains and sand give you traction at temperatures closer to the freezing mark, but not at very low temperatures. Always approach ice or hard packed snow with care.

  3. C; If you apply too much power you will just spin your wheels. Use the “easy does it” approach when starting on icy surfaces. Clear away snow from around the tires to create traction. Rocking the car allows you to increase the distance traveled with each rocking motion.

  4. A; Stop short of locking your wheels. The best defense is to leave a greater distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you and to reduce your speed to decrease your stopping distance. Slamming your brakes could lock the wheels and produce an uncontrolled skid. However, with anti-lock brakes (ABS), “C” is a valid answer.

  5. B; Do not apply your brakes. Follow your natural impulse and steer to keep the vehicle going in its original direction, but don’t over steer. When you feel the vehicle regaining traction start to straighten your wheels. Be prepared to handle a skid in the opposite direction.