Safe winter driving starts with you, the driver. Driving according to the road and weather conditions, and preparing your vehicle and travel plans in advance are two good places to start. Here are some suggestions:
Drop your speed to match road conditions.
The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed.
Maintain a safe following distance.
It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other cars.
Accelerate and brake slowly.
When starting from a stop on slick roads, start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels
See and be seen.
It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on.
Avoid sudden moves.
Slow down and steer smoothly and gradually to avoid skidding. Accelerate gently, turn slowly, and brake carefully and early.
Checking weather and road conditions before your trip.
Log onto: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions to check road conditions and road closures.
Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.
Have your vehicle serviced, install winter-rated tires and regularly check vehicle fluids.
Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle.
This could include extra clothing, a blanket, non-perishable energy foods, water, a candle, matches, first aid kit, flashlight, shovel, extra windshield washer fluid and sand.
When driving, keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, turn on your vehicles full lighting system and reduce your speed.