As we leave behind the snowstorm that we experienced last week and prepare for future snow events, let's take stock of some key winter safe driving reminders:
Ensure that you have a winter driving kit. A well-stocked winter driving kit should include such items as a blanket, extra clothing, First Aid kit, snack bars or other "emergency" food and water, matches and emergency candles.For a full list of items, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) website.
Clear your car of ice and snowto ensure the visibility from the driver's seat is clear. Brush off all the windows, the hood of your car, and your taillights and headlights. Don’t forget to clear the snow off the roof. When you park your vehicle, lift your wipers up to ensure they don’t freeze to your windshield.
Plan your route ahead. Stay on main roads to avoid unplowed and unsalted road conditions.
Stay composed and controlled when slippery. While operating a vehicle on snow- and ice-covered roads, never brake hard or accelerate while turning a corner. If you start sliding, ease off the brakes and point your steering wheel in the direction that you want to go.
Keep a safe distance between vehicles as you need a reasonable amount of space and time to brake safely. You can easily lose traction if you slam on the brakes.