Winter Driving Can Be Challenging

Tips for Winter Driving In The Snow

Another storm is expected to hit the North East part of the United States and eastern Canada, with residual lake effects hitting parts of southwestern Ontario. Winter driving can be challenging if you don’t understand the dynamics of your vehicle on ice and snow. Although drivers are encouraged to avoid driving in treacherous conditions, if you need to drive, keep the following tips in mind.

1. Pay attention. Avoid being distracted by electronic devices including your cellphone, GPS unit and the radio. Keep your eyes on the road and other drivers. Distractions can prevent a driver’s reaction time.
2. Remove snow and ice from your vehicle. Remove snow and ice completely from your vehicle to ensure you have clean site lines. Make sure your windshield washer fluid is full and your wipers are in good condition. All mirror and lights should also be clear of snow.
3. Leave space. The more space you have the greater the cushion you have in the event of avoiding a potential crash.
4. Do not use cruise control. Cruise control can be a problem for drivers who are trying to negotiate snowy and icy roads. Cruise control will continue to accelerate a vehicle to its set speed which may result in a lack of control by the driver on snow and ice.
5. Avoid bridges and overpasses. Bridges and overpasses will freeze faster than other road surfaces. Proceed with caution if your route requires you to travel over these surfaces.
6. Avoid excessive speed. Driving cautiously enables a driver to maintain control of their vehicle. In the event of a crash, traveling at a lower speed may reduce the severity of the damage sustained.
7. Ensure your vehicle has winter tires. Winter tires help to grip the road in snow conditions. If you lose traction, steer in the direction that you want to go and gently begin to accelerate to resume your speed. Do not slam on the brakes as this will cause the vehicle to go out of control.
8. Don’t Drive. If you don’t need to drive, don’t. It’s simple. Driving is not just about you and your vehicle. Many drivers have a false sense of security when it comes to winter driving. Drivers in SUV’s think that their four-wheel drive capabilities can handle the road. The problem is that winter driving is not about a vehicle’s technology but how drivers handle the road.

Young Drivers of Canada provides a winter driving course that prepare drivers for snow and ice driving conditions. Being prepared is the most important part when it comes to driving in the winter. Learn how to drive in the winter today!

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