Watch the weather
Be especially careful when you have to drive in freezing rain and snow storms. Before you set off, clear snow and car ice off your car so you can see, and others can see you. Drive slowly and learn what to do if you lose control of your car.
Have you ever been stranded on the road?
Imagine breaking down in the middle of nowhere in February. You can stay safe in this kind of situation by keeping an emergency winter kit in your car. At a minimum, your kit should contain:
- A small shovel
- Traction aids
- Warm clothing – toque, mittens, snow pants and blankets
You never know when an emergency might happen on the road, so always be prepared.
Winter tires – Essential for safe winter driving
Installing winter tires is vital to staying safe on the roads in winter. They provide better traction and braking control in colder weather, giving you more confidence whenever you’re driving on ice and snow. Always install your winter tires early and keep them in tip-top condition.
To stay safe on the roads, nothing beats awareness, preparation and confidence in your driving skills. This guide should help you get ready for whatever winter throws at you.
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Tips for safe winter driving
Canadian winters can be unforgiving, but they’re especially perilous for drivers. Harsh weather conditions and damaged roads can be a dangerous combination. Here are some winter driving tips to get you prepared to face the winter roads.
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