Driving in during the Winter can be a daunting task for any driver, but here in Canada where the snow and ice pile up quickly, it can be even more challenging. If you get into a collision, the damage can be costly. Even in instances where no one gets hurt, if parts of your vehicle become damaged, your windshield for example, it will likely result in you having to replace those parts. Depending on the part, it can be extremely expensive, and many people can not afford to replace the parts. While it’s easier said than done, you can alter the way you drive to lessen your chance of having an accident. Keep reading to find out how.
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Prepare Your Car for Winter Conditions
One of the smartest things you can do when it comes to driving in the Winter is to make sure that your vehicle is prepared. Take extra time to clear all snow, ice, and frost off your car, as this will ensure that you can see around every area of your car. It will also ensure that no ice or snow flies off your car and at another vehicle or person while you are driving. Make sure that you have packed an ice scraper or snow brush, in case a storm hits when you are not at home.
Some people believe that Winter tires are not necessary, but here in Canada, they can really make a difference in your driving. The higher tractions will help you control your vehicle during snow storms, keeping you and your passengers safe.
You should also make sure to that you an emergency kit available in case you get into an accident or your car has issues. Your kit should include items like extra blankets, a flashlight, an ice scraper, jumper cables, a shovel, water bottles, snacks, and an extra phone charger; all of these will all be very useful during emergency situations.
While speeding is never recommended, you definitely shouldn’t when there is ice, slush, and snow on the road. This is especially important when driving through snowstorms. Speeding in these conditions increases your chance of losing control and skidding, which ontop of giving you a heart attack, can also lead to collisions. You should also avoid speeding when turning corners, as it is very easy for you to skid; make sure to make your turns slow and smooth to avoid getting into an accident.
Pay Extra Attention to the Road
While you should always pay attention while you are driving, it is extremely important to pay extra attention while you are driving in snowy or icy conditions. The snow and ice affect how your vehicle performs on the road. For example, if there is ice on the road, it will take longer for you to brake, so if something jumps out in front of you, you may not be able to stop in time if you are not paying attention. Make sure that you are continuously looking around you to spot other cars, pedestrians, and any other potential dangers well ahead of time.
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