Driving conditions vary greatly from region to region mainly because of the weather and road infrastructure. In Alberta, driving in the winter can be horrific because of the harsh weather and hazardous driving conditions. Before you set forth on your journey, make sure you’re aware of the conditions and have yourself prepared enough to ensure safety. The following are useful winter driving tips that will keep you safe in Alberta:
- Get some training to learn how to make appropriate use of brakes and how to get out of a skid.
- If you find yourself stuck in the snow or stranded, stay in the car for warmth and safety. It’s necessary to have a fully charged phone when driving through tough driving conditions.
- It’s advisable to travel in the day when the visibility factor isn’t a concern.
- Dress properly to ensure warmth in case your car breaks down in the middle of the road.
- Always check the weather before you go on long driving trips.
- Prepare your vehicle in accordance with the weather. In winter, use winter tires with tread no less than 4mm and check the air pressure frequently.
- Make sure your car is ready to withstand harsh environmental conditions. When you start your vehicle, wait for the windows to defrost.
- Keep your fuel tank more than half full, if not full.
- Have your tires, brakes, battery, windshield wipers, hoses, belts thoroughly inspected before the winter season begins.
- It’s a good idea to have wiper blades replaced with winter blades which are powerful and can clear the snow easily.
- It’s risky and difficult to drive on ice and snow. Weather conditions like snow can be unpredictable. If you drive similarly to the way you do in the summer, your car may spin or skid off the road.
- In winter, it becomes crucial to follow the speed limit. It is even better if you drive slower than the posted speed.
- Use the accelerator and brakes carefully. If you have to stop or accelerate, don’t do it with a jerk. Sudden use of brakes or accelerator can get your car out of your control.
- Quick anticipation of different situations from turns and stops to lane changes will help you avoid unpleasant incidents.
Visibility is a crucial factor
Poor visibility is of the challenges winter brings in for drivers. It’s important not to drive during poor visibility conditions. While you can take certain safety measures to drive safely in poor visibility, also, make it easy for other drivers to see you. When taking a turn or changing lanes, let other drivers know in advance. Use headlights to improve the overall situation.
It’s a good idea to keep a considerable distance from other vehicles, especially sand trucks, snowplows, and other utility vehicles. Don’t forget to use hazard lights in emergency situations. If you’re stuck and need help, call a roadside assistance service company.
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