As we mentioned earlier, most of the motorists prefer models with “mechanics”, since the operation of the “machine” requires high costs and it is not always possible to purchase just such an option. However, along with the choice in favor of mechanics, the driver is also responsible for safe handling in difficult weather conditions.
What is a neutral gear for?
If, for the most part, experts recommend keeping the car in gear, then in case of standing still with the clutch engaged or during towing, it is necessary to set the gear to neutral.
Yet many motorists drive “neutral” at high speeds as a great way to save fuel, which has nothing to do with reality.
What happens on a slippery road?
Many, if not most, car owners believe that it is advisable to keep a front-wheel drive vehicle under the gas to ensure that the wheels grip the road when cornering heavily. This opinion is quite relevant, given the dangers of traveling on an icy road. If you choose neutral before entering the ice, chances are that you will encounter difficulties in handling. When neutral is on, the wheels rotate without the participation of the power unit, which can lead to so-called wobbling.
Wheels can hit the block
During the movement of the car in the ice with the “neutral” turned on, the wheels can easily lock. As a result, you will pass a dozen meters like on skis, and it is good if there are no other cars in front of and after you. To prevent this from happening, in modern car models, ABS activation is provided – when the pads are unclenched, the braking distance increases. However, not cars are equipped with this system and can easily spin right in the middle of the road, even with one locked wheel.
A low gear will help you avoid this kind of trouble, since the thrust allows the motor to turn the wheels regardless of the compression with the pads. That is why experienced motorists advise third or fourth gear for movement in severe frost.