Winter Driving in High Winds and Rain

Winter Driving is Slippery When Wet!

Canadians know that winter driving in Canada can change in an instant.  Mother Nature serves up a big range of weather and winter road conditions can get slippery and treacherous.  As much as Canada has snowstorms and black ice, we can’t forget that heavy rain and high winds are a big part of Canadian winters too.  Driving in high winds and heavy rain can be a real driving test.  Drivers experience reduced visibility and need to keep the following driving tips in mind.

Driving Lessons for High Winds and Rain

Tips for winter driving in rain or high winds

Reduce speed on wet roads. The speed limit is set for ideal conditions.  When the roads are wet it is time to slow down. Driving slower will reduce your stopping distance in case you need to stop suddenly.

Keep extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. A minimum safe following distance in the city is 2 seconds but poor road conditions make it more difficult to stop.  Increase your following distance to 4 seconds and adjust your speed accordingly. Great winter driving lessons like keeping a space cushion in front, behind and on both sides of your vehicle are also important.  Be sure to always have an escape route open in case you need to use it.

Keep your wipers clean and up to date.  Regularly remove any grit left on the wiper blade from the winter weather. Replace wipers annually to help keep maximum visibility and know where the switch for your wipers are located in your vehicle so you don’t have have to look down and take your eyes off the road.

Beware of hydroplaning.  Vehicles can easily hydroplane on any wet surface. Stay away from puddles and standing water if possible. If hydroplaning happens, ease off the gas to allow the transmission to reduce speed gradually. Braking may just cause a loss of control. Avoid making harsh stops or turns.

If you have taken driving lessons in spring or summer, consider getting behind the wheel for winter driving lessons.  It never hurts to update your driving skills for the Canadian winter, regardless of how long you have had your drivers license.


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