Canada is one of the few countries in the world that experiences all four seasons, each with its own driving challenges. On this page, you’ll see a few tips and tricks to help you navigate the roads, whether it’s summer, spring, autumn, or the dreaded winter.
8 WINTER SAFETY TIPS
1. Don’t spin your tires if you get stuck in the snow. Use a shovel or ice scraper to remove any snow or ice from underneath the tires. Pour sand or gravel (or salt if you have it) under the drive wheel tires to help improve your traction. Then turn off your vehicle’s Traction Control™ (if equipped) and try accelerating gently both forward and in R (Reverse). If none of these techniques work, call for assistance.
2. Know what to do if you start skidding. If your vehicle starts to skid, take your foot off the accelerator, gradually turn your vehicle in the direction you are skidding and gently apply steady pressure to your vehicle’s brakes. Don’t pump them, as it may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
3. Always keep your tires properly inflated and measure them regularly for optimal tire pressure. Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to decrease.
4. Keep your gas tank at least half full because it gives you the added weight to the vehicle and also helps keep ice crystals from forming in your fuel line.
5. Check your windshield wipers for cracks, which could cause streaks. Also, top off your windshield washer fluid regularly and keep an extra jug designed for cold weather in your vehicle.
6. Keep your cell phone charged and keep a car charger handy in case you need to call for help.
7. Keep a set of booster cables in your vehicle if you or another motorist needs a boost.
8. Keep a first-aid kit and warning devices (such as road flares) in your vehicle. Make sure to replace items if you use them.
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