Tips on Safer Winter Driving
Winterize your vehicle
to make sure your brakes, wipers, defroster, headlights and heater
are all working properly.
Stop gently to avoid skidding.
If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility
to other motorists, and keep your lights clean and free
of ice or debris.
In unfavorable driving conditions, reduce your
speed and increase the distance between your car and the
one in front of you. Remember that it takes more time to stop on icy roads.
Stay alert. Look ahead
to give yourself more time to react safely to situations without suddenly braking or skidding.
Before driving, clear all snow
and ice from your vehicle's hood, windows and roof.
Use snow or all-season tires
or chains for better traction and smoother slowing. Remember that
even with snow tires, you should use extra caution while driving in inclement weather — no tires allow you to drive on snow or ice
at normal speeds.
Take extra precautions on bridges,
overpasses, and shaded areas, which can freeze first, and remain icy longer than roadways. A road on which ice and snow are
completely frozen is pretty slippery, even though it provides more traction than a road with melting ice.
In wet driving conditions, do not drive faster than
the windshield wipers can clear water from the
windshield. Make sure your wiper blades are in good shape, and replace them yearly.
Equip your car with emergency supplies,
such as blankets, food, water, spare fuses, a flashlight with batteries, an ice scraper, flares and a first-aid kit.