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Tips & Tricks

How to Drive Safely in Winter

Published on February 09 2015

Canadians know that winter requires a different approach to driving a vehicle.

When the roads are snowy or icy, drivers need to exercise a lot more caution and change the way they drive in order to get to their destination safely.

Even when the roads appear clear, the cold weather means they can still be slippery. Therefore, the best winter driving tip is always to slow down, no matter the road conditions. That said, it is especially important to reduce your speed when the road is covered in snow or ice. Driving within the speed limit is a good rule of thumb, but you may also want to bring your speed down even further if road conditions are particularly harsh.

You also want to make sure you keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Your braking distance is sure to increase in winter which means you need to more room to come to a stop safely, especially in an emergency braking situation. Therefore, make sure you leave plenty of room.

When changing lanes or driving on a winding road, try to avoid any sudden movements of the steering wheel. The idea in winter is to drive in a linear and progressive fashion. Suddenly jerking the steering wheel when trying to change lanes quickly could cause a loss of traction.

For additional information, contact any one of the Mierins Automotive Group's dealerships!

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