4 Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe This Winter!
We have had our share of winter weather already these past few weeks, so we thought it would great timing to share some tips on winter driving safety!
Winterizing your vehicle and ensuring that it is in good running condition is always recommended before heading out on the road in cold weather. If you are not mechanically inclined, most auto body shops offer a basic “winterization” package.
Important items to check are:
It is a good idea to carry an emergency safety kit in your vehicle, especially when traveling long distances.
Important items to include are:
Note: many retailers, such as Canadian Tire, sell emergency safety kits that contain most of these items.
When winter driving, take extra caution and stay up-to-date on weather and road conditions. In the event of a storm, it is best to stay off the road if at all possible. It is also good to regularly check your tire pressure, clear windows and clean headlights and tail lights, and keep your fuel tank at minimum 1/2 full.
A large factor in safe driving is having the proper tires on your vehicle. When traveling on Alberta roads, winter tires as an absolute must!
Tires are one of the things on a vehicle that take the most beating, and they also pose a particularly big hazard should they fail. A bad blowout while driving on a slippery, icy road can cause you to spin out of control in a split second. Even those who are lucky enough to escape a serious blowout can suffer damages to the axle and wheel of their car, which can be expensive to repair.
Choosing the correct winter tire, and knowing when to replace them, can sometimes spell the difference between life and death. A few years ago, Tilbury Auto Mall put out a great winter tire guide , which can be seen below. The guide provides some great information for car owners who are unsure of what kind of tire to get for their vehicle.
Stay warm and drive safe this winter!
The Costen Insurance Team