icy roads

A Calgary driving instructor says there are two common mistakes motorists make on icy roads: driving too fast and too close to other vehicles. (CBC)

A Calgary driving instructor says many winter drivers make two common mistakes that lead to accidents.

“Speed and space would be the two main things,” said Ron Wilson with the Alberta Motor Association.

“Driving too fast for conditions and not giving yourself enough space.”

Wilson said it can take up to 12 times longer to stop in winter conditions so drivers need to make sure there's extra room between vehicles.

“So by backing off the speed a little bit, you're getting better traction,” he said.

Rear-end collisions are the most common crashes all year round, he said.