6 Winter Driving Tips that will help get you from A to B

Driving in the Winter can, at times, be a tricky task. Snowfall, fluctuations in temperature, wind, and cold can all play a role in the performance of your vehicle on the road. Although it may seem worrisome heading out into the cold on your way to work, there are a few easy tips you can follow to help you make it without an accident.

1. Prepare for the weather

It goes without saying that vehicle preparation is a must! This means adding cold-resistant windshield washer fluid, checking tire pressure (this often can be affected by changes to temperature), and of course changing out your summer tires for a grippier winter tire. We have already released a blog post detailing why you need to use winter tires that will share the benefits and rationale for their use. SGI recommends installing winter tires when temperatures dip consistently below seven degrees Celsius each year.

2. Clear off the snow

Snow and ice can create serious impairments to your vision when driving.

It can seem like a burden to waste time clearing the snow off your vehicle, but this can do a lot to ensure that you can see and be seen while on the road. Always clear all ice and snow from your windows, headlights, and taillights before leaving for your destination.

3. Expect the unexpected

Winter adds a new set of variables to your regular commute with the potential for your vehicle or others to lose traction on the road. When driving, consciously remind yourself of IPDE – Identify, Predict, Decide and Execute. Remaining aware of the circumstances around you is essential to making a timely response. It is important to try and predict what could occur while you are driving and consciously decide on how you will avoid an adverse circumstance. Lastly, if you do find yourself in a potentially hazardous situation, execute on your plan and find the best course of action that will prevent an accident or reduce its severity.

4. Use caution near intersections

Did you know that nearly half of all crashes on Saskatchewan roads happen at intersections? When approaching an intersection, be sure you have room to clear the intersection. Don’t speed up or attempt to beat the lights as this can result in fines of $230 (not to mention an increased potential for accidents).

5. Slow your roll

With traction loss being one of the most common concerns in the Wintertime, it can be important to lower and more closely monitor your speed. Speed partnered with a loss of traction can mean a dangerous and even potentially lethal collision if you aren’t careful. It’s important to accommodate for slower speeds and allow more time to reach your destination. This can become especially important when traveling up or down slopes, around turns, or in residential areas before they have been cleared of snow.

6. Tread lightly

Driving gently in general can be a great way to remain in control of your vehicle. Gentle acceleration, braking, and smooth steering all work to ensure you remain in control and prevent sliding on slippery roads. On top of basic acceleration and braking, increase your follow distance behind the vehicle ahead of you to give yourself plenty of room to stop. Using a follow distance of five seconds or more is a great way to ensure you have ample time to stop.

Although these tips may seem straightforward, it is important to remain conscious of them each time you hit the road. If you are in a collision, give us a call at (306) 382 3911 or stop by our shop on 1109 Avenue Q South in Saskatoon.

Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI APPROVED Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons we have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that we offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services.