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First Snow Fall Driving Tips: Getting Re Adjusted to Winter Driving

October 14th, 2012  |  Auto Insurance

With the weather taking a dip and the calendar getting close to November there is no doubt that snow will soon be on its way. And, as residents of Ontario you would think that all drivers would be prepared and go into winter driving mode as soon as snowflakes begin to fall from the sky.

But, what happens every year? Drivers across the province seemingly forget how to drive in snow, and as a result, we see large volumes of accidents.

To avoid being involved in one of those accidents, take the following winter driving tips into account and jog your memory about how to drive safely in poor weather conditions.

  1. Slow down: One of the biggest mistakes that people make is driving too fast on snow covered roads. Slow down and drive according the road conditions.

  2. Give yourself some extra time: The odds are it will take a few extra minutes for you to get to your destination. Take this into consideration and leave a few minutes earlier than normal.

  3. Get your winter tires: As soon as the weather is consistently 7 degrees Celsius or lower it is time to put on your winter tires. This will give you better grip and control on the road.

  4. Clean off your car: Too many people leave ice and snow on their car and windshield that restricts their visibility on the road. This can cause a number of issues such as not seeing other cars and pedestrians, and even having the snow and ice fly off and cause another driver to get into an accident.

  5. Stay home: If the roads are in bad condition, stay home if you can avoid it. You can’t get into an accident if you are not driving your car, right?

  6. Take a winter time driving course: If you are not confident in your ability to drive in the winter, there are many driving schools across Ontario that offers winter driving courses. Give one a try to improve your skills.

The snow means it is time to adjust our driving habits. Slow down, be more cautious, and don’t go out into the poor weather if you don’t have to.

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