Driving Tips for Extreme Cold Temperatures
As most parts of Canada plunge into some of the coldest temperatures of the winter season, Young Drivers of Canada would like to remind drivers to stay safe and stay warm as they travel in these extreme temperatures by providing the following tips:
1. Make sure that your windshield and vehicle are completely cleared of snow and ice before your embark on your journey. With severe temperatures fin the forecast, ensure you are using the right type of windshield washer fluid designed for extremely cold temperatures. All lighters should also be cleared of any snow, making them visible to all drivers.
2. Always drive with your full lights on. It is important to be seen in the event of snow squalls, drifts and snow storms.
3. Ensure your vehicle is serviced to avoid any strain on the battery.
4. Winter tires are a must. The special rubber compound used to make winter tires will ensure that traction is maintained in low temperatures.
5. If you get stuck in the snow, avoid spinning the vehicles’ tires which will only dig you in deeper. Clear the tire of any surrounding snow and use some kitty litter (which you should have in your truck) as traction to get you out of the snow.
6. Always carry extra warm clothing and an emergency kit when traveling in winter conditions. Your emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, flares, boost cables, kitty litter and a fully charged cellphone.
7. Never try to overtake a snowplow. They are much bigger and have blades that extend much further than most drivers think. Remember, they are clearing the road for you and what is up ahead most likely is worse than what you are driving in if you are behind them.
8. Avoid any distractions. Driving in snow and on icy roads can be stressful, and there is no place for any distractions including talking or texting on a cell phone, eating or drinking and playing with electronics.
9. Be on the look out for deer and wildlife. During extreme temperatures, wildlife will become more active and can cross a vehicle’s path with little to no notice.
10. Avoid bridges and overpasses. The surfaces of these types of roadways can ice up quickly and when covered with snow can be quite dangerous. Formation of black ice surfaces can cause an unsuspecting vehicle to loose traction.
Young Drivers of Canada hopes that by following these simple driving tips, motorists will be safe on winter roads.