Winter is here, the cold has set in and we have had our first snow. Driving in the winter can be tricky, but here are a few tips to improve your driving on the snow and ice:
- Clean off your car completely! Even though it is not a law to remove snow and ice from vehicles, police can still ticket due to driving an unsafe car. If you cause an accident you could incur more penalties.
- Make sure your tires are suitable for winter weather, check out these guidelines: winter tires
Consider changing your windshield wipers: Rain-X Latitude blades received the highest rating for winter blades
- Do not make hasty driving decisions, no quick turns or braking
- Do not use cruise control
- Drive slowly, it is easier to stop on snow and ice when you are not traveling at high speeds
- Bridges and ramps are the most slippery, use caution
- In slippery conditions use the “4 Second Rule” for the amount of space you leave between you and vehicle in front of you
- Make sure all vehicle fluids are at proper levels – antifreeze, wiper fluid, etc.
- Keep warm blankets and flares in your car in case of a breakdown or accident
Please stay safe on the roads and allow a few extra minutes for travel during wintery conditions. Happy Winter!