Winter driving tips |

Winter driving tips

– Be sure you have adequate snow tires.

– If you have four-wheel drive, be sure all four wheels are engaged. If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, place sandbags in the trunk to increase traction.

– Allow plenty of distance between your car and other vehicles so you have time to react if they lose control. On a road that is snowy, icy or wet, it takes twice the distance to stop than on dry surfaces. Also allow for longer stopping distances if you have anti-lock brakes.

– Be courteous: Allow other drivers to merge and pass safely.

– Reduce your speed when approaching intersections, where ice forms quickly. Anticipate light changes. Don’t accelerate through yellow lights.

– Take special care when crossing bridges, which tend to freeze over more quickly.

– Have your vehicle checked before winter to ensure it is mechanically fit.

– Drive slowly, leave early and drive defensively at all times.

– Obey all traffic control devices. The presence of snow or ice is not a defense if you are involved in a collision.

– Be sure your windshield wiper reservoir is filled with anti-freeze washer solution, and make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Take the time to warm up your car and allow your defrosters to clear all windows. Also clear headlights and rear lights.

– Use your headlights at all times. It helps other drivers see you, decreasing chances of a collision.

– Advise people of your travel times and routes.

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