Chicago is not only known for its wind, but also its heavy winters. Blizzards and ice storms are not uncommon in Chicago; the winter of 2007-2008 saw five feet of snow. This is why it’s important to know how to drive in intense winter conditions when you take your Chicago Exotic car rental
out this season. We care about our clients here at Global Exotic Car Rentals, which is why we have put together a guide to help keep your journey through Chicago this winter as safe as possible.
Choosing Your Chicago Exotic Car Rental
Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding which Chicago Exotic car rental to choose this winter.
– Heavy cars are safer than light cars in snow
– Automatic transmissions are easier to maneuver than stick shift: automatic allows for the “crawl” method in which you must simply let off the brake to get out of heavy snow situations. Manual can’t always accelerate slowly enough.
– Front wheel drive is easier to maneuver than rear-wheel.
– It’s smart to bring a small shovel, ice scraper, flashlight, some sand or driveway salt, jumper cables, and portable battery jump starter.
There are some basic guidelines to follow when driving through heavy snow that are invaluable, though easy to remember.
– Double your stop time.
With roads as icy and slippery as Chicago’s in winter, doubling your space is the minimum distance you should be leaving to stop.
– Keep a full tank of gas.
Running out of fuel on slippery roads with low visibility for drivers is extremely dangerous for you and the other drivers on the road.
– Do not cut in front of a snowplow.
This is dangerous and can allow your car to get hit by salt or excess snow.
– Take special precaution on bridges and ramps.
Not only are these even more slippery than regular roads, but they are also dangerous for your Chicago Exotic car rental due to their elevation.
– Avoid lane changes.
The snow between lanes has generally not yet been worn down by drivers, which makes it easier to lose control. If you do need to change lanes, drive slowly with the wheel as straight as possible. If your tires begin to spin, let off the gas and you will slowly regain control.
– Expect the unexpected.
In heavy snow conditions, black ice can appear. There will also be drivers who are not used to adverse weather, making the chances of collision and loss of control much higher. Drive defensively, anticipating other drivers’ moves.
– Slow down.
Driving 5 mph under the normal speed limit is usually safe. There will be periods when the snow is so heavy that even 10 mph is necessary if the roads have yet to be salted.
– Leave earlier than usual.
It will take almost twice the amount of time to get to your destination in heavy Chicago snow.
– Follow the tracks.
The tracks that other cars have made have less snow and therefore can have better traction than driving through loose snow.
– Turn slowly.
It’s a good idea to brake before you reach the corner. This allows your speed to decrease so you don’t need to brake heavily in the turn, which could cause you to lose control. If you do lose control, turn the wheel in the direction your car is sliding and let off the gas pedal.
– Crawl after stopping.
Let your Chicago Exotic car rental inch forward by letting off the brake before accelerating so your tires don’t spin.
If you keep these guidelines in mind, you are far less likely to lose control or to get into a car accident. It’s also a good idea to ensure that before pulling your car out of a snow-blocked area to clear the tires, the whole car, and a few feet in the direction you’re driving. Also, when driving through wet snow or an ice storm, it’s best to stop every half hour to clear the windows, mirrors, headlights, taillights, and wheel wells.