Hopefully, your vehicle is ready. You’ve taken it in for a winter tune-up, installed winter tires, replaced your wiper blades with winter blades, and followed the ‘Prepare your Vehicle’ tips on ShiftintoWinter.ca.
What about you? It’s just as important to prepare yourself for winter driving.
- Always check road conditions at DriveBC.ca for your entire route before you head out. If conditions seem challenging, ask yourself if you really have to go. Even delaying a trip by an hour or two can make a difference to your safety.
- Plan your route ahead of time. Leave lots of time so you’re not rushing. Remember to keep four seconds between you and the vehicle in front.
- Always accelerate gradually. This maintains your traction and avoids spinning your wheels. Plan your stops well in advance. Apply the brakes gently and gradually – never suddenly.
- If you get stuck or stranded, there is no need to panic. Stay in your vehicle for safety and warmth. If you have a cell phone and it is an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, call for roadside assistance.
- Do you drive for a living? Ask your employer for winter driving training to learn how to brake safely, get out of a skid, and how your car handles in winter weather.
- Know Before You Go. For more winter driving tips – visit ShiftintoWinter.ca.