Winter Driving Etiquette To Reduce The Chance Of A Collision

winter driving etiquette

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.  In our latest Saskatoon Autobody and Collision Repair Tips article, we highlight winter driving etiquette to reduce the chance of a collision.

Winter Driving Etiquette to reduce the chance of a collision

As we enter into the cold months, it is a busy season for accident claims. Road conditions are often unpredictable. Below are winter driving etiquette tips to reduce the chance of a collision.

Reduce Your Speed

Icy and snowy road conditions make for lower traction. Reduce your speed by a few km/hr to account for unpredictable road conditions. Reducing your speed during the winter gives you a reasonable amount of time and space to break safely, reducing the chance of a collision.

reduce your speed in the winter



Maintain A Safe Following Distance

In normal road conditions, it is recommended that driver’s maintain a following distance of at least 3 seconds. In winter driving conditions, the driver’s following distance should be increased to a minimum of 6 seconds. This increase will give the driver sufficient time to react under less favourable winter road conditions and reduce the chance of collision.

maintain a safe following distance in the winter



Avoid Sharp Turns

Particularly under winter road conditions, sharp and sudden turns should be avoided. Even on normal roads sharp turns are dangerous. However, on icy roads the danger exponentially increases. Making sharp or sudden turns is dangerous to the vehicle behind you. Not to mention, it could cause your vehicle to spin out. To reduce the chance of a collision, be sure to exercise caution and slow down when making turns.

avoid sharp turns in the winter



Plan Acceleration & Deceleration

On the winter roads, you should always be planful when accelerating and decelerating. To avoid collisions and dangerous situations, every move you make on the road should be planned, slow, and careful. By maintaining an increased following distance, it will be easier to plan when you are braking. Being planful will help avoid spinning out, skidding, and collisions on the icy winter roads. 

If you do lose control of your vehicle, be sure to stop accelerating immediately. In addition, avoid sudden braking as it could cause you to lose further control of your vehicle. 

These etiquette guidelines will reduce the chance of a collision and ensure you stay safe out there this winter, even when road conditions are unpredictable. When you’re driving, you should focus only on the road that is in front of you and if you get in any collision or accident, contact Superior Autobody for all your vehicle repair needs.

If you’ve been involved in a collision and are looking to restore your vehicle back to its original form, contact the team at Superior Auto Body Today.