June 16, 2024
Car Maintenance

Winter Driving Safety Tips – All Makes Collision Centre

Most Canadians are aware that winter brings challenging weather conditions that can make driving more difficult.

While many Canadians take precautions such as installing winter tires and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, All Makes Collision aims to remind all drivers of additional tips to ensure a safe winter drive.

Prior to Departure

Buckle up – Always wear your seatbelt, as it can save your life. Shockingly, over a quarter of fatally injured drivers and passengers in collisions were not wearing seatbelts, according to Transport Canada.

Turn on your headlights – Ensure your lights are on to improve visibility for yourself and other drivers. The Government of Canada has made automatic tail and headlights mandatory for new vehicles sold in Canada starting in 2021. If your car doesn’t have automatic lights, remember to manually turn them on.

Clear your view – Remove ice and snow from all windows and mirrors before driving. Don’t forget to de-fog the inside of your windows using your car’s AC as a dehumidifier for better visibility.

Be prepared – Keep an emergency kit in your car with essentials like gloves, hats, a blanket, a first aid kit, booster cables, a small shovel, a flashlight, and other necessities for emergencies.

Put away your phone – Avoid distractions by securing your phone before driving. Select your music beforehand and keep your phone out of reach. Also, ensure your phone is charged.

While Driving

Maintain a full tank – Keep your tank at least half full to be prepared for emergencies and to run your car for short periods when needed, such as to stay warm.

Avoid cruise control – Stay attentive and ready to brake on slippery roads; avoid using cruise control. Drive at safe speeds according to weather and road conditions, always below the speed limit in winter.

Don’t solely rely on GPS – Check the weather forecast before leaving and account for longer travel times in adverse conditions. Don’t solely rely on GPS estimated arrival times; add extra time for weather-related delays.

Safe braking tips:

  • Maintain a greater distance between your vehicle and the one ahead
  • Stay vigilant and scan the road ahead
  • Do not release the brake pedal when your vehicle is out of control; focus on steering with continuous braking

Skidding – Even experienced drivers can experience skidding; be prepared. Skidding can result from panic braking to avoid obstacles. Slow down, allow extra time, and exercise caution when braking, changing lanes, turning, and navigating curves.

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