Winter driving best practices need to be in full effect already – and it’s not even Halloween, yet! Are you ready for winter?
Winter driving – taking it slooow
Winter driving can be stressful, and that first big snowfall of the year seems to send many drivers into a bit of a tilt. As I look out the window at the steady snowfall (it feels just too early for this to be happening already), I know I’m in for delays on my afternoon commute. My husband’s C-Train and bus trek in to work took twice the usual time. My trips to various parts of the city will be slow as well.
Transport Canada’s helpful tips
We don’t want to be a winter driving statistic, and one of our government websites has some sound advice for staying on the road, staying warm, and keeping everyone safe:
Prevent problems before they occur: Top 10 tips
Get your vehicle ready for winter in the fall.
Install four matching winter tires.
Pack an emergency kit.
Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them.
Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions.
Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip.
Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather.
Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads.
Travel with a fully charged cell phone.
SLOW DOWN and WEAR your seatbelt.
The site has some helpful reminders for how to stay on the road, and how to pull yourself out of a skid. A good idea to brush up on some skills that haven’t been put to use for a few short months.
Clearing the driveway this winter
As you ready yourself and your family for a safe and secure winter, do remember Donate a Car Canada when you’re clearing the driveway. We know from hard-shoveling experience that it’s so much easier to hoist all of that heavy snow when you don’t have to navigate parked cars to do it. If you need an unused vehicle removed, we can help!