Whether you like it or not, winter has arrived along with all its charm and complexities. While Canadian authorities do everything to keep drivers safe in winter, you need to slightly change the way you drive and adapt to road conditions.
As a responsible driver, you should do everything in your capacity to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. So, get ready to keep the roads collision-free by preparing your vehicle and observing a few safety precautions. Let’s get down to some valuable tips on safe winter driving:
Have a survival kit
Winter in Edmonton can be a tough thing to deal with. When in trouble, even a small object can save you inconvenience. The first winter driving tip is to create a survival kit and put it in the trunk of your vehicle. The kit should include helpful objects like gloves, a small shovel, first aid kit, windshield wipers, snow brush, safety vest or anything that can be helpful in winter roadside situations.
Make sure to check weather reports before leaving your house
Don’t forget to check the weather reports to make sure you know what to expect when you hit the road, especially when you’re planning to go for a road trip.
Get winter tires
Winter tires provide better traction, braking, and handling. They help you prepare your vehicle to deal with the winter weather conditions. All-season tires are different from winter tires. When the temperature dips below 7°C, your all-season tires can lose grip and create a safety hazard.
Drive nice and slow
Always slow down when you’re uncomfortable with the weather conditions. When you drive slowly, you have more time to respond to any given situation. Don’t just listen to your GPS, sometimes it’s safe to keep things natural. So, drive according to the road conditions.
Keep the gas tank full
Keep a full gas tank to reduce moisture in the fuel system. Keeping your gas tank more than half full can save you time, repairs, and the danger of running out of gas. The empty part of your gas tank produces condensation. In the winter, that condensation can freeze fuel lines and cause a no-start situation.
Practice how to recover from a skid
It’s hard to control your vehicle when the wheels are spinning on a wet road. How your car responds to a skid depends on whether it has four-wheel, rear-wheel or front-wheel drive. Learn how to use the anti-lock braking system if your vehicle has one.
Don’t forget to layer up in the winter. However, don’t let your clothes restrict your movement. If you’re stuck in snow or you need help to get your vehicle recovered, call a nearby roadside assistance service.
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