Here are some important winter driving and safety tips
Before you venture out into the snow and ice this winter, be sure that you have winter tires to increase your safety on the road.
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Even though driving may feel like second nature, when the weather changes the road conditions, we must be extra cautious to ensure the safety of ourselves and others.
Here are some tips to help navigate through the snow and ice:
Slow and steady really wins the race! When there’s lots of snow and ice on the ground, driving in slower speeds will help your tires gain more traction and control while on the road.
Keep Your Distance
The more space you keep between you and the vehicle in front, the more time you have to stop or react to sudden action on the road.
Don’t stop on snow or ice if you can avoid it. It’s difficult to regain inertia when your tires have stopped moving, so we suggest keeping a steady pace when making a turn or approaching a light (U.S. News & World Report).
How to prevent problems on the road
While driving cautiously can help you be safe on the road, there are other ways you can ensure safety throughout your vehicle and travels:
1. Plan your trip and check for weather and road conditions.
Check weather updates from your local news station OR use a weather app on your phone to get the latest conditions of where you are and where you’re going.
2. If you’re in an area that receives snow, consider winter tires.
Check out our previous blog post to learn about this seasons’ weather predictions across Canada and U.S.
3. Carry extra windshield fluid.
Winter aka ‘washer fluid season’ calls for lots of dirt, salt and debris on the road that will impact your visibility while driving. It’s always important to be topped up, but especially during the winter months. Keeping extra washer fluid in your car is a great way to stay safe on the road.
4. Pack an emergency kit.
You can’t plan for an accident – so it’s important to be prepared for when one happens. Keeping a compact emergency kit in your vehicle will get you through the more common dead batteries to more serious roadside incidences. The Get Jacked Safety Kit comes with the tools you need to get yourself out of trouble and items to keep you comfortable until help arrives.
Be sure to check your battery, ignition system, lights, brakes, tire pressure, windshield wipers, heating and cooling systems!
Safe travels this winter.