Winter can bring on extremely difficult driving conditions. Here are some useful tips to help you and your family get to your destination safetly.
- Obey the speed limits. The limits were set for ideal driving conditions. If the weather dictates less than ideal conditions SLOW DOWN.
- Expect the unexpected. In winter conditions the possibility of black ice and white outs could be present along with the standard snow and slush conditions.
- Do Not Tail Gate Stopping / following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front should be increased.
- Do Not Drink & Drive.
- Avoid aggressive drivers. Get out of their way and do not challenge.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. The weather and road conditions could change unexpectedly.
- Check with the weather service for weather conditions on your planned route.
- Start your trip well rested and alert. If you get tired along the way, take a break.
- Check the oil, water, brake and other fluid levels. The fluids should be such as to assist with overcoming winter conditions.
- Make sure the windshield is clean, and the rear-view mirrors are properly adjusted for good visibility
- The windshield wipers should be in good condition, and able to remove the snow and ice that may build up on your windshield.
- Make sure that all your lights and turn signals are in good working order.
- Check tire conditions and pressure. If possible install winter tires on your vehicle. These will assist in traction and the ability to stop
- Have a safety / survival kit on board. Flares, blanket, shovel, candles, matches, road salt, non perishable food and a fully charged cell phone if possible
- Maintain a full tank of gas.
For more information on winter driving, please click on the link below. Winter Driving Brochure (PDF 2 MB)
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