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Winter Driving Tips: Do's & Dont's of Winter Driving

5 winter driving tips to stay safe this season

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Winter is here and with slippery roads, icy conditions and limited visibility comes a list of winter driving tips drivers need to keep in mind.? If you haven’t already taken measures to ensure your vehicle is safe for winter, follow this simple list so you’re prepared for the next big snowfall.

With carefree summer behind us, gone are the days of jumping into a vehicle and putting it in drive. If this winter is anything like the last Canadian winter we saw, these winter driving tips are essential to prevent accidents and keep yourself and others safe on the road. Here are 5 do?s and don?ts that will make your commute much more pleasant as you stay on the road to safety.

1. Do purchase winter tires. This particular do is very important, as it is the foundation tool for winter driving. Winter tires are manufactured using a unique rubber compound, which creates traction when roads are icy. In addition, winter tires offer better grip in temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, especially on wet pavement, ice patches, slush and snow. Every vehicle is safer when armed with winter tires whether driving in the busy city or off on a country excursion.

Winter Driving Tips: Car in Snow

2. Don’t mix and match. Trying to cut corners and save money when it comes to safety is never a good idea. Mixing and matching winter tires with all-season tires may seem like a cost-conscious fix, but all-season tires and winter tires are manufactured differently. In addition to coming equipped with deeper tread patterns, winter tires tend to be narrower, which can ultimately lead to an imbalance in your vehicle.

3. Do top up your fluids. Make sure to keep your gas tank at least half full. Winter conditions have a tendency to increase traffic and make for a slower commute, which means you?ll be spending more time on the road. The last thing you want is to be stuck on an icy hill just because you?ve run out of gas. ?Also, make sure your washer fluid is winter rated. What does that mean? Look for the negative temperature stamp as most winter washer fluids are rated minus 45 degrees Celsius. Don?t forget to leave a jug in the trunk!

Winter Driving Tips: Mechanic Pouring Antifreeze Into Windscreen Water Tank

4. Don’t drive with worn-out wiper blades. Snow, rain, hail and sleet are just a few of the wintery conditions that typically accompany below freezing temperatures. What most drivers don?t know is the hot summer heat can create scratches and perforations on wiper blades, so it?s important to check for any defects and replace immediately to avoid causing any damage to the windshield or creating a host of visibility issues.

Winter Driving Tips: Snowy wiper blades

?5. Do check your headlights and taillights. Perform a quick inspection before hitting those icy streets and test to see if your headlights and taillights are in working order. You want to make sure you are seen and can be seen by your fellow drivers, especially at nighttime when visibility can become problematic.

Winter Driving Tips: Car in snow with headlights

Practice these 5 tips to ensure you are getting the most out of your winter driving. Remember, you?re responsible for your vehicle and it is up to you to make the best judgment calls to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

READ MORE: Get more tips from our Winter Driving Guide

By: Patricia Lo Curto

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