Feb 4, 2016
5 Winter Driving Tips You Can’t Live Without
Winter driving is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot more concentration and caution than driving during regular weather conditions. To help you build your confidence when driving through the snowy winter season, I’ve compiled a list of essential winter driving tips you need to know:
Pack A Safety Kit
Though this is something you should do whether or not you’re driving in the winter, having a safety kit prepared in your car while driving in the winter is especially important.
What should you have in your driver’s kit?
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety has a pretty good list of recommendations, some of which include:
- Properly fitting tire chains.
- Bag of sand or salt (or kitty litter).
- Traction mats.
- Snow brush.
- Ice scraper.
- Booster cables.
- Warning devices such as flares or emergency lights.
- Extra windshield wiper fluid appropriate for sub-freezing temperatures.
- Extra clothing, including hat and wind-proof pants, and warm footwear.
- First aid kit.
- Snack bars or other “emergency” food and water.
Give Yourself Extra Time
Traveling on wet, snowy, or icy roads requires slowing down and being diligent about your surroundings. That’s why I’d suggest giving yourself more leeway in travel time than you normally would, so you don’t find yourself speeding and putting yourself and others at risk.
Avoid Overtaking Slow Drivers
This is one of the most difficult winter driving tips for me to abide by. It’s extremely frustrating being stuck behind someone going 75 in a 100 km/h zone, but because of black ice and slush being huge safety risks on certain roads, I’d caution against overtaking slow drivers during the winter time. That’s why the tip about giving yourself extra travel time is especially important; when you give yourself enough time that you don’t have to rush to get to your destination, you’ll have an easier time dealing with road turtles.
Have A Charged Cellphone On-Hand
You never know when an emergency will come up, so make sure you never leave home without a charged cellphone!
Remove snow from all around your car
Because of the amount of accidents that happen when people don’t properly remove snow from around their cars, law enforcement is doubling down on fines for the offense. Don’t let a fine be the reason you practice common decency, though. I recommend clearing snow from all around your car so that you keep your fellow drivers safe on the road.
Are there any other winter driving tips you’d like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!