If you plan to visit the Troodos Mountains during the winter and intend to drive while you’re there, there are a few things you need to know, especially if you aren’t used to driving in winter conditions to prevent getting in to an accident.
By following these simple rules, you should be able to navigate the terrain like a pro.
Before You Leave
The most important thing to do before attempting to drive through the mountains during the winter is to make sure that your car is in condition to handle the trip.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have good tires. If the road is very slippery, it is a good idea to have chains on your tire to give you better traction when you’re driving.
Before you leave, you should also make sure you check the weather forecast for the day to make sure you aren’t driving into a storm. If a weather forecast is not available, check with locals in the area, They live there so they know how the weather is in the area.
Make sure you have emergency numbers stored on your phone in case your car breaks down or you get lost.
You should also make sure you know the route you will be taking before leaving. GPS is great to have, but sometimes don’t work properly, so have a map of the area to take with you on the trip. If the route you have mapped gets blocked off, have an alternate route you can follow to your destination.
Driving In The Snow
If you aren’t used to driving in the snow, there are a few things you should know.
The most important thing to know is that you should avoid speeding even if the road is free. The problem with driving in winter conditions is that the weather affects your visibility. If you are speeding and can’t see where you’re going, you will likely have an accident.
Do not slam on your brakes when driving in the snow because it will cause your car to slide on the road, which can also result in an accident. When trying to come to a stop, lightly apply the brakes to avoid sliding on the road.
When driving on black ice, you should be extremely careful if you want to avoid getting in a wreck. As previously mentioned, do not slam on your brakes when driving in black ice. You should also make sure you don’t overcorrect your steering if you feel the car sliding. Doing so will only make things worse.
If your visibility is low, there is a natural temptation to use high beams to see better, but that is a dangerous hazard in those conditions. Your high beam will make it difficult for someone driving on the opposite side of the road to see clearly, resulting in an accident. The high beam will also reflect on the ice, affecting your visibility as well. Always use your low beams when driving in snowy conditions.
Since you will be driving through a mountain, you have to be wary of falling debris from the mountain, especially during the winter. Make sure you keep an eye out for falling rocks while driving.