10 November 2008 SMARTRISK Staff
As Canadians head into another winter, Transport Canada has released a brochure with its top 10 tips to reduce the risk of a collision, noting “prevention is better than recovery”. It includes information about how to make your vehicle winter-ready, how to prepare for and drive in bad weather and what to pack in a winter survival kit.
Transport Canada and the Canadian Automobile Association put together these tips. The full brochure, Winter Driving, is available on the websites of Transport Canada and the CAA
Top 10 tips
- Get your vehicle ready for winter in the fall. Get your car thoroughly checked out, fill up with winter washer fluid and use winter wipers.
- Install four matching winter tires.
- Pack an emergency kit.
- Learn and practise winter driving techniques before you need them.
- Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions. Watch for black ice at temperatures between –4 and +4 C. Black ice is often found on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses.
- Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip.
- Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather.
- Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads.
- Travel with a fully charged cellphone.
- Slow down and wear your seatbelt.