Winter Driving Has Arrived

Winter Driving Can Have its Challenges

Winter has arrived and with the new season the road conditions have changed. Unfortunately, many drivers have not adjusted their driving habits to the slippery and cold road conditions.  Young Drivers would like to remind drivers that the road conditions have changed, and drivers need to adjust their driving and speed for the changing conditions.

As part of its continued education, Young Drivers of Canada would like drivers to remember the following tips when it comes to being prepared for cold and winter weather driving:

1. Regardless of the road conditions, using your smartphone to text or talk is against the law. Not only does the action take drivers away from the task of driving, texting while driving endangers everyone on the roadways, including other motorist and pedestrians.

2. Keep your vehicle in good condition and working order. Fill up on important fluids such as windshield washer fluid, oil, and coolant. With changes in temperature, your tires should be checked to ensure they are properly inflated. Winter tires are a must.

3. Make sure you travel with an emergency kit. Here are some of the items your kit should have:
– a blanket and extra warm clothing
– a flashlight
– booster cables.
– a shovel
– a battery operated radio
– kitty litter
– energy bars or snack bars
– a fully charged cellphone

4. To avoid ending up in the ditch, drivers should slow dow, adjust their driving to the road conditions and leave space. Drivers are encouraged to avoid abrupt braking that can result in a skid

5. If your vehicle does get stuck, don’t panic. Do not spin your tires, this action will only dig you in deeper. Use a shovel to clear the tires and undercarriage of the vehicle. Gently rock the vehicle back and forth by shifting into driving, giving some gas, then shifting into reverse and accelerating until you are free.

6. If you cannot get unstuck make sure your vehicle has fresh air. Check your exhaust system to ensure that it is not plugged with snow. Keep your window open slightly and turn off your vehicle if necessary. Carbon monoxide, which is odorless, can seep into your vehicle and cause death.

Winter driving is a way of life in Canada. Drivers are encouraged to embrace the season. With these easy reminders provided to you by Young Drivers of Canada, half the battle is over. Remember, there are only two seasons in Canada, winter, and construction!