Looking after the driver
The driver needs to be alert and prepared to drive and take extra care, especially when braking.
- Don’t always follow previous tracks in the snow as this compacted
snow is likely to be more slippery. The fresh snow between the tracks
will offer more resistance and stopping power.
Always brake gently and allow extra stopping distance on icy roads,
and if the car skids, steer into the skid, not the other way. Snow
by the side of the road may provide extra stopping power –
and is always preferable to hitting oncoming traffic.
Air conditioning is not just for summer but equally important in
winter as a dehumidifier to keep windows clear of condensation and
give the driver better visibility. Electronic Climate Control, as
fitted to all the latest Volvo range and tested to beyond -30ºC,
is more advanced and works more effectively than air conditioning,
and maintains a chosen temperature more quickly.
The air quality inside the car is another important safety factor.
Cold temperatures have a negative effect on combustion, so the surrounding
air is likely to contain more impurities in winter, so keep the
air conditioning on to help purify the air. That’s why Volvo
offers effective filters and an advanced Interior Air Quality System
to keep cabin air as clean as possible.
Volvo advises against the temptation of turning the car’s
heating up too high when driving in winter. Volvo’s research
shows that too high an interior temperature jeopardises the driver’s
reaction times and increases the amount of errors. A constant, comfortable
temperature inside the car is an important safety factor. It is
unhealthy and disorientating to have an extreme difference in inside
and outside temperature.
Bulky winter clothes can dangerously inhibit a driver’s movements.
Volvo’s ergonomic dashboard designs always include large control
knobs and buttons for essential functions so they can still be easily
used when wearing gloves in winter. Warm clothes and a shovel should
be kept in the car in case the car gets stuck in snow, and Volvo
dealers sell a wintery range of accessories such as flasks, rugs,
and cosy fleeces.
Don’t forget automatic transmissions usually have a Winter
setting to aid traction by starting in a higher gear than normal
when pulling away in slippery conditions.
Published : 29/01/04 Author : Melanie Carter
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