Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips
 
December 5, 2023
It is always a good idea to remind ourselves about best practices when it comes to winter driving. Here are some great tips to help make your winter drive a safe one.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Wear your seatbelt
Turn on your lights (if not automatic)
Ensure your view is clear (all windows, mirrors)
Be prepared (emergency kit in car)
Fully charge your phone
Put your phone away
WHILE YOU DRIVE
Keep a full tank
  • You’ll be able to run your car for short periods of time to stay warm.

Don't use cruise control on slippery roads
  • Speed limits are posted for ideal weather, which means in the winter you should always drive below the speed limit.

Safe breaking
  • Leave distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Pay close attention to the road – as far ahead as you can.
  • Ensure you don’t release the brake pedal when the vehicle is out of control. Focus on steering with the brake pedal applied hard.
Skidding
  • Slow down and allow extra travel time
  • Be very careful when you brake, change lanes, make turns, and take curves.
JUST IN CASE
If you do get stuck, stay calm. Don’t do any heavy lifting or try to push your car by yourself.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure the tailpipe of your car isn’t blocked by snow.
  • Then keep a window slightly open for fresh air and stay awake.
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