Flaviana Rodulfo knows a little something about winter driving. The driving instructor teaches people how to navigate Saskatoon's slippery and snow-covered streets all winter. Here are her recommendations on how to navigate the snowy streets and stay safe at the same time.
10 winter driving safety tips
- Safest strategy — avoid driving in bad weather.
- Remove all snow from your car and clear all windows of frost and fog before driving.
- Be alert, well rested and sober.
- Stay on main roads.
- Anticipate the worst road conditions.
- Increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you
- Give yourself extra time to get where you're going.
- Check road conditions and plan your trip accordingly.
- Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads.
- Keep a charged cellphone your vehicle, but remember, don't text or talk while driving.
(Source: Flaviana Rodulfa, International Driving School in Saskatoon)
Stopping Distances at 50km/hTest conditions: -20°C with 3 to 5 cm of compacted snow and ice on asphalt surface. Vehicles equipped with automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes. Tests in 4-wheel drive vehicle conducted in all-wheel drive mode.
SOURCE: Government of Ontario
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