Driving in snowy or icy conditions carries additional risk
Winter can be a beautiful time of year, but it also presents some unique challenges when it comes to driving. Here are six tips to help you stay safe on the road this winter:
- Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the winter weather. This means checking the condition of your tires, making sure your headlights, brakelights and indicators are all working properly. Ensure your windshield washer fluid topped off.
- Slow down. Winter roads can be slippery, so it’s important to reduce your speed to allow for more time to react to any potential hazards.
- Increase your following distance. Following too closely can lead to collisions, especially on slippery roads. Give yourself plenty of room to stop by increasing your following distance.
- Use your headlights. Not only do headlights help you see the road better, but they also help other drivers see you. Be sure to turn on your headlights any time you’re driving in reduced visibility.
- Avoid sudden manoeuvres. Sudden movements, such as sudden braking or turning, can cause your vehicle to lose traction on slippery roads. Make any necessary manoeuvres slowly and smoothly to help maintain control of your vehicle.
- Don’t drive if you don’t have to. If the weather is really bad, it may be best to stay off the roads altogether. Consider taking public transportation or finding another way to get where you need to go.
By following these tips, you can help keep you, your passengers and other road users safe on the road in poor conditions. Stay alert, drive defensively and be prepared for any challenges that winter weather may bring.
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