6 winter driving safety tips
Here are six tips from the Canadian Automobile Association to help people drive more safely in winter weather:
Slow down — Black ice, slush or snow-covered roads can greatly increase stopping distances. Drive more slowly and leave plenty of room between vehicles.
Proper tires — Traction is key to turning and stopping on wet, slushy or icy surfaces. Winter tires provide additional traction in colder weather. Check tires and tire pressure at least once a month when tires are cold and remember that tire air pressure decreases in colder weather.
Windshield wipers and fluid — Fill up on winter washer fluid and replace wiper blades that cause streaking. Make sure there is enough windshielf washer fluid in the reservoir and that it is rated in the –40 C range. Carry an extra jug in your vehicle.
Top up the gas tank — When driving in bad weather, plan ahead and make sure you have enough fuel. Keep the fuel tank at least half full.
See and be seen — Clear all snow from the hood, roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of fog. If visibility becomes poor, find a place to safely pull off the road as soon as possible.
Carry emergency equipment — Always keep the appropriate safety and emergency winter equipment in your car. This includes: shovel, extra warm clothes, blanket, booster cables, ice scraper and brush, first aid kit, flashlight and flares, food, candle and matches.