Safety tips for winter driving

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Safety tips for winter driving

Whether it's during the Holidays or not, we often hit the road in the winter to pay our friends and family a little visit.

Before leaving, it's important to be prepared for all kinds of possibilities. To protect your family while on the road, here are a few safety tips to apply.

  • Remove all of the snow and ice on your vehicle. Otherwise, it could impair your visibility and cause an accident.
  • Prepare an emergency car kit including, among others, warm blankets, booster cables, a shovel, gloves and a flashlight. 
  • Check the road situation before leaving and plan your itinerary ahead.
  • Keep warm clothes in the car. 
  • Your engine needs a well-charged battery to start when it's cold.
  • Following a snow plough? Don't pass it. It's safer to stay behind. 
  • Bridges freeze more quickly when it's cold. Therefore, they quickly become more slippery.
  • Clean your headlights regularly. The slush and dirt impair visibility.
  • Clean your battery's terminals and have it tested in the fall and spring.
  • Always keep at least a quarter in your fuel tank, in case something unexpected happens.
  • Make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid before a long trip.
  • Make sure you are well-rested before driving for several hours. Avoid driving at night and take a break whenever necessary. 
  • Plan your return to get home safe after a party. Choose a designated driver or call a taxi. 
  • Slow down! In a hurry to go shopping or get to a party? Safety first! Leave a little earlier if necessary.
  • Keep a safe distance with other vehicles. 
  • Make sure your cellphone is fully charged, and avoid using it while driving.