James Rabe’s Top Three Hard Learned Winter Hacks
I love winter, and in my time, I've discovered some great ways to make sure I stay safe and get where I'm going. We'll start with the penguins.
How do so many Minnesotans avoid falling down on ice? You're new to the area, and you can't STOP falling down!
Have you ever seen a penguin walk? They almost never fall down on ice. So, walk like them. You can watch the video, or just take tiny steps. You can flap your arms if you want, but that won't help.
Unless you're wearing a tuxedo, then it'll be super adorable!
I live on a hill. The last thing I want to do is lose control of the car on that hill when it's icy. So I remember one important thing. When the car is in neutral, it's much easier to keep yourself moving straight, and to slow it down with slow application of the breaks.
This takes some getting used to, but there are times when power going to the wheels is the last thing you want. So practice on a quiet street when there's ice bout. Literally slip the car into neutral, and brake softly.
It sounds simple, I know. But you gotta practice it so it becomes a natural thing, because you'll want to go back into drive imediately after you've stoppped (or regained control of the car, etc).
You're at a stop light, the light turns green, you want to go. You step on the gas, but you start going sideways! What the what?
Take your foot off the gas.
If you're having a hard time getting going once you've stopped, don't try to slip and slide thru the intersection. And don't add more gas. That'll do something, but often not what you want.
Instead, take your foot off the gas. Hit the break to make sure you've stopped, then take your foot off the break and let the idle speed get you going. It's surprising how often it works. You may be going slow, but you'll be going.