Winter Driving Quiz: Test Your Safe-Driving Knowledge

It’s getting close to that time of year where the pavements become covered in snow, and now is the best time to refresh yourself on how to travel in these treacherous conditions. In wintry conditions such as snow and ice, driving becomes more dangerous than ever. It’s essential to be aware of the changes you need to make to your car and driving routine to ensure everyone’s safety, including your own. The 7 following questions will test your knowledge on winter driving dos and don’ts.

Do you have what it takes to be a driving expert this winter? Take the quiz to find out!

Winter driving quiz

  1. What is a safe following distance during winter when there is snow and ice on the road?

A. 3-4 seconds

B. 8-10 seconds

C. 12-15 seconds

  1. What is the optimal coolant to water ratio for your car in the winter months? 

A. 50:50

B. 75:25

C. 100:0

  1. To have adequate snow traction, what is the required tread on a winter tire?

A. 2/32 inches deep

B. 6/32 inches deep

C. 10/32 inches deep

  1. What is the best way to safely defrost your windshield?

A. Use a metal ice scraper on your front and rear windshields

B. Pour hot water onto your front and rear windshields

C. Turn on front and rear defrosters and use a plastic ice scraper on your front and rear windshields

D. Turn on your windshield wipers

  1. What are you supposed to do if you start skidding?

A. Take foot off the brake pedal

B. Accelerate

C. Let go of the steering wheel

  1. What is the best placement for winter tires on your car?

A. Two in the front only

B. Two in the back only

C. One in the front, one in the back

D. All four should be the same

  1. Which of the following is false about driving during winter?

A. Brushing off snow from your headlights and taillights before driving will improve your visibility and safety.

B. It’s okay to use cruise control when on slippery surfaces.

C. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

 

ANSWERS:

 

  1. What is a safe following distance during winter when there is snow and ice on the road?

8-10 seconds

The normal dry pavement following distance of 3-4 seconds should be increased to 8-10 seconds during winter months. This increased margin of safety will provide more time if you have to make a sudden stop.

  1. What is the optimal coolant to water ratio for your car in the winter months?

50:50

 

The more coolant, the higher the freezing point. With 100% coolant, this means your car won’t work as well in colder temperatures. The perfect ratio of coolant to water is 50:50 because it will have a lower freezing point of -34 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. To have adequate snow traction, what is the required tread on a winter tire?

6/32 inches deep

While a depth of 2/32 inches is the indicator for replacement time for regular tires, that point for winter tires is at 5/32 inches. 6/32 inches is what’s required to have adequate snow traction for winter driving.

  1. What is the best way to safely defrost your windshield?

 

Turn on front and rear defrosters and use a plastic ice scraper on your front and rear windshields

Using a metal ice scraper has the potential to scratch or damage your windshields. A plastic scraper will get the job done just as well and will be better for your windshields. Pouring hot water on a cold surface, like your windshield, may cause it to crack. Using your front and rear defrosters will help accelerate the process and heat up your car in the meantime. You can use your windshield wipers to get off excess snow and ice, but don’t rely solely on them to clear your windshield.

  1. What are you supposed to do if you start skidding?

Take foot off the brake pedal

 

If you start to skid, the last thing you want to do is slam on the brakes. The correct reaction would be to take your foot off both the brake and gas pedal and carefully turn your wheels in the direction that the back of your car is sliding.

  1. What is the best placement for winter tires on your car?

 

All four should be the same

If you opt for winter tires, get a full set or stick with all-season tires. Putting winter tires on the front only will make it more likely to spin out in the snow and putting winter tires only on the back will make it difficult to turn in snow.

  1. Which of the following is false about driving during winter?

It’s okay to use cruise control when on slippery surfaces.

It’s true that brushing off snow from your head and taillights, even your mirrors and license plate, can improve your safety and visibility. Never use cruise control on surfaces that are slippery because you never know when you will lose control of your car. Finally, always make sure your car always has at least half a tank of gas for safety reasons.

How’d you do? Do you feel more prepared to take on the roads during these upcoming months? Be sure to brush up on your road knowledge before the cold season hits to avoid car trouble as much as possible. For even more protection for your car, consider getting warranty coverage from Warranty Direct.

Stay warm and drive carefully this winter season!

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