6 Smart tips for staying safe on the roads this winter
By: Auto Gallery of Winnipeg | 17 Dec 2018
If you want to stay safe on the roads this winter you need to be proactive and prepared; otherwise, it is easy to find yourself dealing with an emergency situation. The following simple tips provide a great place to start.
It takes a lot longer to stop on wet, cold, and icy roads, even if your ride is equipped with quality winter tires, making it wise to slow your speed by at least a few kilometres per hour this winter. This is particularly important when you are turning corners or changing lanes, as this is when your vehicle is at the greatest risk of losing traction.
To stay safe on winter roads you need to be ready for anything, which means having a winter emergency road kit equipped with all of the right tools. This includes a well-stocked first aid kit, a set of jumper cables, a foldable shovel, an ice scraper, a headlamp or flashlight, and even a way to start a fire should you ever need to.
Watch the weather
Get into the habit of checking the weather conditions before you head out this winter, as not only will this give you a good idea of what to expect, it will make it easier to avoid problems that have already occurred. When the conditions are particularly bad, avoid heading out unless it is absolutely necessary, or at least time your trip to avoid the worst conditions.
Upgrade your tires
If it has been more than 5 years since you last updated your winter tires, do so this year, because this is the only way to ensure that you can stop your vehicle when you want and need it to. Keep in mind that your tires also need at least 3/32” of tread depth in order to be considered legal in Canada.
Take a course
No matter how much or how little winter driving experience you may have, there is always room for improvement, and there is no better way to upgrade your skills than by investing in a professional driver training program. This savvy move won’t just improve your driving abilities; it may well save your life.
Boost your visibility
Maintaining a clear view of the road and all those potential hazards can be challenging to say the least during winter, so for safety’s sake, do all you can to improve your field of vision. Some of the many easy things you can do include cleaning your headlights, replacing your windshield wipers, and taking the time to clear ALL of that ice and snow from your vehicle before heading out.
Whether you are hunting for a quality used vehicle this year or simply need a few extra tips for staying safe, Auto Gallery Winnipeg has you covered. Just give us a call, connect online, or drop by and see us in person right here at 3777 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. We guarantee that you’ll be glad that you did.