11/12/2015 0 Comments
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Winter weather conditions pose unique challenges and safety risks for many Nova Scotia drivers. The Canadian Automotive Association (CAA) partnered with Transport Canada and released a brochure listing the top 10 winter driving safety tips drivers need to know:
- Get your vehicle ready for winter in the fall.
- Install four matching winter tires.
- Pack an emergency kit.
- Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them.
- Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions.
- Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip.
- Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather.
- Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads.
- Travel with a fully charged cell phone.
- SLOW DOWN, wear your seatbelt, be alert, well rested, and sober.
- Ask yourself, should I be driving in these conditions?
- Never rush — slow down and give yourself enough time to get to your destination.
- In the winter, don't drive like it's summer — accelerating hard, braking late, and steering quickly may put drivers at risk during the slippery winter months.
- Keep it smooth — smooth acceleration, braking, and steering gives you better control.
- Know what other drivers are up to — frequently checking mirrors and blind spots will give you a better sense of what other drivers are doing. This will also give drivers a chance to get out of the way of someone who may not be in control of their vehicle.
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Booster cables
- Extra clothing and footwear
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- Fully charged smart phone
- Windshield washer fluid
- Bottled water (unfrozen)
- Granola or energy bars
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