Be safe on the road this winter

Car tires on winter road covered with snow. Vehicle on snowy alley in the morning at snowfall

Be Safe On The Road This Winter

The winter season is upon us, and that means cold weather, snow and rain or which is to say, poor driving conditions.

“Stay Warm” Winter Guide for Canadian Newcomers Here are 10 suggestions to help you stay secure and safe when you travel this winter.

1. Remove ice and snow off your vehicle

Before you drive ensure that you wash all mirrors, windows and lights, as well as the roof. Make sure that the windows are get rid of their fog so that you are able to be able to see clearly from the entire vehicle.

2. Slow down

It might sound evident, but most people don’t slow enough when driving through snowy, wet or slippery conditions. Don’t let others pressure you to go faster then you’re comfortable. Keep to the correct lane and let speedier drivers speed by. Also, give yourself more time to travel so that you don’t get in a rush to speed.

3. Allow more space between cars

In the event of bad weather, keep two car lengths in between you and the car ahead of you. The black ice is almost impossible to see when it’s already too late.

4. Learn to brake when needed in an emergency

Allow your car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) perform its task. ABS can allow you to control your vehicle even when you apply the brakes to the maximum. If you have an older car that doesn’t have ABS brakes, it’s better to apply the brakes rather of letting the car slide and give you more control of the steering. If you’re able to choose opt for a car with ABS or VSC (vehicle stability control) and traction control the latest technologies make winter driving safer.

5. Beware of skidding

The way your car reacts to skidding is contingent upon whether it’s front-wheel, rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. In general, the best way to avoid falling and losing your control, is to stop to a minimum prior to any turn, but not in turning. You can increase speed in the turn when you feel you’re moving too slowly.

6. Make sure everything is in order

In the event of driving in snow, do not jerk the steering wheel or hit the brakes. The smooth driving style will ensure your car is in the right place.

7. Be visible

Even in the daytime it is important to use headlights in dark conditions to ensure you’re noticed. In the event of a snowstorm high beams could hinder visibility and if you’ve got fog lights, you should use them with the low beams.

8. Keep your gas tank full

A fully-filled gas tank can add weight to your car which helps to slow it down.

9. Make sure your car is winter-ready

Check that your vehicle is prepared for the weather with the right winter tires and brakes, a sturdy battery as well as good windshield wipers. well-maintained fluids.

10. Have a winter kit for your car

 If things go wrong and you are trapped on the road, make sure that you have a winter survival kit, which could include thermal blankets, first aid kit and matches road flares as well as cable boosters, snowbrush and water as well as a fully recharged cell phone. Being able to have roadside assistance on a to call is also a good option.

“These recommendations are made from the experience of the team at MonctonCares, your own experience/costs/best advice may differ from the content of this blogpost.”

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