How to prepare for winter driving

Winter driving can be challenging and potentially dangerous, but there are steps you can take to prepare yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving. Here are some tips on how to prepare for winter driving:

  1. Get your vehicle ready: Ensure that your vehicle is in good condition for winter driving. This includes checking your battery, brakes, tires, windshield wipers, and antifreeze levels. You may also want to consider installing winter tires, which provide better traction on snow and ice.
  2. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle: In case of a breakdown or accident, keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. The kit should include items such as a flashlight, blanket, food, water, and a first aid kit.
  3. Adjust your driving habits: Winter driving conditions require you to adjust your driving habits. Slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Accelerate and brake gently to avoid skidding. Avoid sudden turns and lane changes.
  4. Use your headlights: Use your headlights at all times to increase your visibility and help other drivers see you. Be sure to clear any snow or ice from your headlights and taillights.
  5. Be prepared for black ice: Black ice is a thin, transparent layer of ice that can be difficult to see. Be extra cautious when driving on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas where black ice is more likely to form.
  6. Stay informed: Check the weather forecast and road conditions before you start your trip. If possible, avoid driving in severe weather conditions.
  7. Stay focused: Avoid distractions such as texting or using your phone while driving. Stay focused on the road and be prepared to react to changing conditions.

Remember, the key to safe winter driving is to be prepared, adjust your driving habits, and stay focused. By taking these steps, you can help ensure that you arrive at your destination safely during the winter months. If you need more support contact Westmount driving school for your winter driving practice. We will be happy to assist you.