Winter Driving Tips
During blizzards, freezing rain, drifting or whiteouts, the best safety strategy is often to stay put. But, if you don’t have that luxury or are caught in a sudden storm, here are some things you can do to help prevent problems before they occur:
- Don’t wait until the snow flies – prepare your vehicle for winter in the fall.
- Install four matching winter tires
- Pack an emergency kit
- Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them
- Plan your trips and check road and weather conditions
- Remove all snow from your vehicle before driving
- Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather
- Travel with a fully-charged cell phone
- Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads
- SLOW DOWN and WEAR your seatbelt
Beware of black ice. Snow and ice are more slippery at 0 degrees Celsius than at -20 degrees Celsius or below. At temperatures between +4 degrees Celsius and -4 degrees Celsius, watch for black ice, especially on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses.