Learn to Drive This Winter

Build confidence behind the wheel during winter months

Now’s a great time to register for the CAA How to Drive course! Learning to drive during the winter can help build confidence for new drivers, especially when the challenges that come with the season are mastered alongside a professional. Once you’ve learned and practiced driving techniques on ice and snow, you’ll be a skilled driver in any weather.

Over the past two years more than 10,000 students have graduated the MTO-approved CAA How to Drive Beginner Driver Education course at a CAA Approved Driving School. To help our new drivers during their first bout of winter weather, and to give experienced drivers a quick refresher, we put together a quick list of our favourite winter driving tips:

  • Install a set of four identical winter tires. This is a good way to improve your car’s braking distance, performance and control on cold, slick roads.
  • Have your car battery tested. If your battery is weak, there’s a chance it won’t last through the winter.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car and include the items we mention in this article.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half-full. In extremely cold temperatures condensation can build up in a near-empty gas tank, and this can cause the fuel line to freeze up.
  • Drive with extra care. “To reduce the likelihood of skidding: accelerate gradually, slow well in advance of turns and avoid sudden stops,” advises Bobbie Turcotte, Manager of CAA Driver Training. “If you do hit an icy patch or find yourself in a skid, don’t panic. To regain control of your vehicle take your foot off the brake or accelerator, and look and steer in the direction you want your car to go.”

For more information on driving safely this winter, check out Stay Safe on the Road this Season article.