Winter Driving Tips
In winter, accidents occur more often, and they’re usually more serous – what insurance folks call increased
frequency and severity. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Be prepared ;and reduce your risk with this checklist.
Get your car ready:
have an emergency car kit in the trunk – blanket, candles, flares and so on if you are stranded
make sure your car is tuned up
put on snow tires – today’s all weather tires aren’t necessarily right for Canada’s challenging winters
keep a bag of sand or salt in your trunk – it can help with traction, and getting out of tight spots later
Be ready yourself
Be vigilant about driving when you’re rested and in control
Take a “zero alcohol” approach when the weather is rough
stormy night? sleep over – your destination will still be there in the morning
focus – turn down the radio and turn off the cell phone. Keep your mind on the road
consider taking a skid school course – it’s added assurance and they’re great fun
If you can't stop and have almost lost control of your car, remember that no one is typically fatally injured from
hitting a snow bank.
If you slide off the road and get stuck in the snow, don’t gun your motor - try and use higher gears to get out –
they deliver less power to the drive wheels, meaning that your wheels spin less
slow down and follow the speed of the traffic in general
and yes that means you 4X4s and sport utes too – drivers of these vehicles can be over-confident in poor
driving conditions, which leads to serious accidents and auto insurance claims.
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