Shift Into Winter Driving

As we all know well, life doesn’t just stop when winter shows its frosty face. Work, school, appointments, recreation, and more can find us on the road, contending with our legendary winters. Winter driving can, however, be safe if you’re aware and prepared. Here’s how:

Before you go…

  • Keep your vehicle in tip-top condition, including well-maintained brakes, lights, battery, wipers, and properly inflated tires.
  • Keep all fluids topped up, and ensure your gas tank is always at least half-full during the winter months.
  • For longer trips, bring along your fully-charged cell phone and keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with blankets, gloves, food, water, flashlight, snow shovel, and extra medication.
  • Clear snow and frost from all windows, lights, roof and bonnet of your vehicle before you drive.
  • Be aware of weather reports and don’t take unnecessary trips if bad weather is expected. If you must travel, ensure someone else knows where you are headed, the route you will be taking, and your estimated time of arrival.

How to Go in the Snow…

  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Always accelerate and decelerate slowly, avoiding quick movements.
  • Never use cruise control on any slippery road surface.
  • Keep plenty of room (at least 8-10 seconds) between you and the vehicle ahead.
  • Reduce speed and drive according to road and weather conditions, keeping in mind that extra time is required to accelerate, stop, and turn on icy roads.
  • Keep an eye out for black ice, especially around overpasses, bridges, and shaded areas. If you think black ice may be ahead, remove your foot from the accelerator as you steer through the slippery area.
  • Take extra care at intersections and cross-walks, and start to slow down long before you approach.

And remember that not everyone on the road may be quite as winter-savvy as you are… So, be prepared, be aware, and call Steers for any help or advice you need along the way. Safe driving!