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5 Key Tips For Safer Winter Driving

November 2011 Canada - Winter weather can be unpredictable so be prepared.  Proper preparation and the right skills will help you effectively face the challenges of winter driving. 

“Handling your vehicle in winter driving conditions requires a higher level of concentration and an adjustment in driving style,” says Peter Christianson, Young Drivers of Canada President. “Reduce your risks on the road by driving defensively and keeping complete focus on the task of driving.  Your desire to drive collision-free will help you steer safely throughout this winter.” 

Young Drivers of Canada offers these 5 key tips to keep you safe this winter.

1) PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE - Preparing your vehicle will reduce many of the mechanical problems, which could lead to a collision.  The ignition system, battery, tires, wipers, exhaust and cooling systems must be in good condition to handle cold weather demands.  Remember to check antifreeze not only for quantity but for strength as well. We also suggest keeping kitty litter in the trunk to use when you need traction to get started on a really slippery patch of ice. 

2)  THE WINTER TIRES DIFFERENCE - Winter tires on all four wheels will provide better traction and control in a winter emergency when those extra few metres of stopping distance are needed.  Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month as it will vary with the temperature.

3) KEEP SPACE - Over 90% of all collisions are caused by driver error.  In order to stay out of collisions you need to keep space around your vehicle at all times.  Keep a space cushion in front, behind and on both sides in order to always have an escape route open and be prepared to use it.

4) MAINTAIN CONTROL WHEN YOU HIT ICE – Remember two things if you start to lose control: shift into neutral (or put in the clutch if you have a standard transmission), and take your foot off the gas.  Then look well ahead and steer immediately to keep the vehicle straight.  Once under control, steer in the direction you want to go.

5) LIGHTS ON – Regardless of the time of day, cut your chance of crashing by up to 20% by using your full low-beam headlights.  Many automatic headlight systems and daytime running lights do not activate the rear lights during daylight hours so turn on your low-beam headlights for safety.

Additional Winter Driving tips from Young Drivers here.

For more information please contact: 
Suzanne Vukosavljevic
Director of Public Relations
Young Drivers of Canada
Ph: 905-529-5501 x229    Email:

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