Thursday, 8 March 2012

Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving in Alberta can be a dangerous task. Be safe out there in the colder months by following these simple driving tips from the insurance pros at Sharp!

Keep a safe distance from the car ahead of you. It takes much longer to stop on icy roads, so be sure to stay at least four seconds behind the car in front of you. Tailgating in winter is a sure way to get into a fender bender, or worse!

Keep your speed appropriate for the road conditions. When the roads are snowy or icy, be sure to drop your speed below the posted speed limit. The posted speed limit is intended to be the speed you should drive when conditions are optimum. Don't be afraid to drive below the limit.

Accelerate and brake slowly. If you hit the gas hard while accelerating, it's likely you'll lose traction and not move very far at all. When stopping, be sure to brake slowly to avoid skidding.

Be visible. In blizzard conditions, it's important for cars around you to be able to see you. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.

Know how to handle a skid. If you find yourself skidding and out of control, release the brakes if you were pressing them, and steer in the direction you want to go. If you're skidding in a straight line, hold down the clutch or shift into neutral.

With these simple tips in mind, you will be that much safer on the road during winter conditions!