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Fall / Winter Driving in Canada Daniela Soto
Fall / Winter Driving in Canada

Canadians are experienced when it comes to driving in the snow and ice, but statistics prove the first months of fall pose the greatest challenge for vehicle operators.

Even the best of drivers may find their skills tested during fall and winter conditions. Canadian insurance providers traditionally report a 49% increase in claims related to vehicle collisions during December and January.

What makes the difference between an ordinary fall / winter driver and a good fall / winter driver?

■ An ordinary driver will react to the road conditions, while
■ A good driver will anticipate and plan-for the road conditions, driving accordingly

What steps can we take to be a good fall / winter driver?

■ The most important precaution is to slow down and drive for the road conditions – the posted speed limits are intended for ideal road conditions, these speeds should decrease during ice storms, snow storms and slippery roads
Be alert! You may not always see the hazard – black ice may appear as shiny asphalt while dry pavement should appear grey or whitish-grey
■ The use of cruise control during slippery conditions is strongly discouraged – in the event of a vehicle skid, the vehicle operator should be in full control of the vehicle’s acceleration and deceleration
■ Cruise control is known to downshift a vehicle’s transmission in slippery road conditions and contribute to loss of vehicle control

■ Anticipate slippery conditions in intersections – snow and ice tend to become compact where
vehicles continually start, stop and turn
■ Always approach an intersection with caution

■ For a vehicle with “good condition” tires and breaks (during optimal road conditions) it takes approximately 4.6 seconds to decelerate from 60 km/h to 0 km/h – this time should be doubled for ice or snow covered roads
■ Lengthen the vehicle following distance behind the car ahead of you

■ Steel and concrete bridges may be icy even when there is no ice on the ground surface – bridges over open air tend to cool down faster than roads which are insulated by solid ground
■ Allow for extra time when traveling in adverse conditions – asking yourself, “is this trip essential, or should I consider postponing the drive until the conditions change?”

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