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					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

Losing it?
   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

Chill
   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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