Nissan Maxima Owners Manual: Driving on snow or ice

WARNING

  • Wet ice (32F, 0C and freezing rain), very cold snow or ice can be slick and very hard to drive on. The vehicle will have much less traction or "grip" under these conditions. Try to avoid driving on wet ice until the road is salted or sanded.
  • Whatever the condition, drive with caution.

    Accelerate and slow down with care. If accelerating or downshifting too fast, the drive wheels will lose even more traction.

  • Allow more stopping distance under these conditions. Braking should be started sooner than on dry pavement.
  • Allow greater following distances on slippery roads.
  • Watch for slippery spots (glare ice).

    These may appear on an otherwise clear road in shaded areas. If a patch of ice is seen ahead, brake before reaching it. Try not to brake while on the ice, and avoid any sudden steering maneuvers.

  • Do not use the cruise control on slippery roads.
  • Snow can trap dangerous exhaust gases under your vehicle. Keep snow clear of the exhaust pipe and from around your vehicle.
    Special winter equipment
    It is recommended that the following items be carried in the vehicle during winter: A scraper and stiff-bristled brush to remove ice and snow from the windows and wiper blades. A sturdy, fl ...

    Engine block heater (if so equipped)
    Engine block heaters are used to assist with cold temperature starting. The engine block heater should be used when the outside temperature is 20F (-7C) or lower. WARNING Do not use your eng ...

    Other materials:

    License plate lamp
    Exploded View License plate lamp Removal and Installation LICENSE PLATE LAMP Removal Remove the license lamp finisher. Refer to EXT-31, "Removal and Installation". Position trunk lid finisher aside. Refer to INT-36, "Exploded View". Remove the license plate lamp screw and ...

    Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) (if so equipped)
    WARNING Failure to follow the warnings and instructions for proper use of the PFCW system could result in serious injury or death. The PFCW system can help warn the driver before a collision occurs but will not avoid a collision. It is the driver's responsibility to stay alert, drive sa ...

    Lifting motor (front)
    Description The lifting motor (front) is installed to the seat frame. The lifting motor (front) is activated with the driver seat control unit. The lifter (front) is moved upward/downward by changing the rotation direction of lifting motor (front). Component Function Check 1. CHECK ...

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