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.