DRIVING TIPS TO KEEP YOU IN CONTROL
Follow these tips and you'll be steering and stopping instead of slipping and sliding.
You have to slow down
People driving too fast is the main cause of crashes in winter. Slow down. We'll say it again later.
Drive UNDER the speed limit
The posted speed limit is for dry, ideal conditions. If it's wet, snowy or icy, you should be going under the speed limit.
Avoid quick stops, starts and turns
Accelerate slowly, brake gently and don't turn quickly.
Increase your following distance
You need more space to safely stop when its wet, snowy and icy.
Use extra caution when changing lanes
Snow and slush can form ridges between lanes that can be really slippery and cause you to lose control. Avoid them if at all possible.
Always buckle up
Crash risk increases in bad weather - seat belts save lives.
Place coats or blankets around children after the harness is snug and secure. Watch a video showing how coats affect car seat fit.
4WD and AWD don't make you invincible
They help with traction, but they don't help with stopping and turning. And they can create a false sense of security - you still need to slow down.
Watch for black ice
Black ice looks more like a wet spot than a patch of ice and causes many crashes. Get tips for driving on ice here.
Bridges freeze first
Use extra caution on bridges - the road on either side may just be wet, but the bridge may be icy.
The road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on
If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it and use extreme caution if you pass. Never pass on the right.
If you skid, ease off the gas and turn into the skid
If you start skidding, ease off the gas, steer in the direction the back of your car is going. Watch a video demonstrating this.
Snow left on your car can be hazardous
If it hardens, it can fly off and cause damage similar to what is in this picture.
Clear snow and ice for visibility
Clear all frost and snow off from your windows, headlights, brake lights and signals.
Don't use cruise control
Road surfaces and conditions are constantly changing - you need to be in full control.
Keep your gas tank close to full
If you get stuck in a traffic jam or snow, you might need more fuel than you anticipated to get home or to keep warm.
Dress for the weather
If something goes wrong and you're stuck, you don't want to be wearing flip flops and shorts.
Give yourself more time
Traffic will likely be moving slower and if you rush, you really put yourself at risk of crashing.
Stay home - if you really don't need to go anywhere
If a trip isn't essential, enjoy the snow with a warm fire and a good book. Or binge watch your favorite show.