10 Tips for Wintertime Driving

Stay safe in snowy weather and follow our 10 Tips for Wintertime Driving.

By Mary Wimmer

Old Man Winter is finally here, bringing with him mounds of the white stuff now carpeting our streets and leaving our sidewalks barely visible. Heavy snowfall, combined with cold temperatures and early nightfall, can make for dangerous road conditions; but following a few safety rules can keep you from skating onto thin ice when it comes to wintertime driving.

10 Tips for Wintertime Driving:

  1. Never drive when you are tired. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Plans can wait.
  2. Do not warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  3. Are your tires properly inflated? Check and re-check that your tires are road-worthy before getting behind the wheel.
  4. Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  5. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  6. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  7. Slow down, it takes longer to stop on icy roads – give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.
  8. Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
  9. Always keep a cellular phone in your bag or glove compartment with CAA’s number for roadside assistance (1-800-CAA-HELP / 1-800-222-4357) pre-programmed into it.
  10. Travel with an Emergency Kit, with staples you will need if stranded in the cold; for example, a blanket, a flashlight, first aid supplies, etc.

Be sure to check our your nearest CAA Travel Store for the CAA Hazard Survival Kit, which comes with booster cables, a blanket, crank flashlight, candle, car fuses and more. Above all, get to understand your vehicle and how it reacts to different weather conditions. And no matter what make or model your vehicle is, always accelerate and de-accelerate slowly…it’s the best method for gaining traction and avoiding skids in snowy weather. CAA North & East Ontario reminds all motorists to be careful when driving, especially in adverse weather.