Canadian winters are challenging, to say the least—especially if you're a motorist. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, placing extra demands on our vehicles and driving skills. With all that snow expected over the next few months, these simple tips will help Canadian motorists prepare for the months of often hazardous conditions that lie ahead.
“The first step in safe winter driving is to give yourself more time and slow down,” says Mauro Convertini, an insurance expert at Aviva Canada. “Most winter collisions occur when drivers do not allow for enough time or distance to brake effectively.”
Convertini offers these additional tips:
• Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you in case you have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
• Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up.
• Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and keep an extra jug in the vehicle.
• Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, and the roof.
• Install winter tires before winter begins. Winter tires are often not available later in the season. If re-using tires check them to see if it is time to replace them.
• Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.
• Prepare a winter survival kit for your vehicle. Having essential supplies can provide some comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded.
More information is available from your insurance broker or online at avivacanada.com.