Indian vehicles are not designed to be driven in snowy conditions, and when people try to drive them in those conditions, this is what happens. Recently, a video has been shared online where a number of vehicles, including a Mahindra XUV700, Isuzu V-Cross, Mahindra Bolero, JCB, and a few other vehicles, were seen crashing into each other. This video has been shared from Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh, which was recorded after a heavy snowfall. All of these vehicles lost their control on the slippery snow and were sliding and crashing into each other on the road.
The slipping , sliding and crashing of cars and other vehicles has begun as well!! 🤪
— Sidharth Shukla (@sidhshuk) January 31, 2024
Slip and Slide at Atal Tunnel after Snow
This video of cars, JCB, and pickup trucks crashing with one another has been shared on X by Sidharth Shukla on their page. In this video, we can note that in the first few moments, a Mahindra Bolero pickup truck of police authorities was seen losing its control and crashing into a JCB. Soon after this, a man was seen slipping and sliding on the road covered entirely with snow. Soon after this, a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy 4X4 was also seen crashing into the pile-up of JCB and Bolero pickup.
Following this in the video, it was noted that even newer vehicles with advanced traction control features were not able to maintain grip on the slippery icy roads. An Isuzu V-Cross pickup truck, which was carrying a little more speed, came down uncontrollably and crashed into the Gypsy. An electric blue Mahindra XUV700 was also seen sliding. But the driver of that SUV managed to avoid its contact with the Isuzu V-Cross as he jammed his car onto the side of the road. However, his save of his SUV was wasted as another Mahindra Bolero pickup came and crashed into his vehicle.
Which Type of Vehicle Should be Driven on Snowy Roads?
When there are snowy conditions on roads, the first thing that people should do is avoid driving as much as possible. However, if travel is extremely necessary, then only all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles should be used. Vehicles equipped with these systems provide better traction by distributing power to all wheels. This distribution helps in improving stability on slippery surfaces. Additionally, choosing vehicles equipped with winter tires, designed for cold weather and snow, enhances grip and control. People can also opt for snow chains around their vehicle’s wheels to help in increasing traction.
How to Drive in Snowy Conditions?
For those who may ever need to drive in heavy snow, there are a few things you have to keep in mind. First of all, it’s extremely crucial to slow down and maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles. Gentle and gradual movements are key. Try to avoid sudden acceleration, braking, or sharp turns, which can lead to a skid on the road that may end with the car drifting uncontrollably. Also, use your brakes cautiously, apply gentle pressure to avoid locking up the wheels. If your vehicle starts to skid, steer in the direction you want to go and avoid overreacting.
Additionally, before commencing your journey with your vehicle on snowy roads, take note if your vehicle is well-prepared for winter driving by checking the brakes, tires, and lights regularly. Also, what is extremely important is to keep an emergency kit with essentials like blankets, water, and a flashlight in case you have to stop somewhere in the middle. Lastly, stay informed about weather conditions, and before starting your journey, plan your route. Try to opt for well-maintained roads.