Winters can be harsh, with unpredictable snow, slush and ice, but as Canadians we know how to zip up our parkas, put on our toques and embrace the season. As much fun as it is, it can be challenging for drivers. Whether it’s your first year with your license or you have many years of experience, every driver should be prepared to practice safety while driving during an icy, cold and snowy winter.
- Tune Up: Visit a local service station to make sure your tires are inflated properly and that the car’s critical components are all in good condition.
- Maximize Gripping and Turning: If you live somewhere that frequently has snow or ice on the roads, or if the temperature approaches the freezing point, you need four matching winter tires that provide extra grip and turning capabilities. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tire features a uniquely-shaped contact patch that maximizes tread life by evenly distributing the forces of acceleration, braking and cornering.
- Reduce Speed: Learn and practice winter driving techniques like driving with two hands and keeping a close eye on your speed in order to maintain control of the vehicle in icy or snowy conditions.
- Pack A Winter Safety Kit: Pack an emergency kit in case of a breakdown that includes flashlights, blankets, water, matches, a tire gauge and inflated spare tire and a ‘survival’ candle for warmth.
- Stay Charged: Always travel with a fully-charged cell phone to be used in the event of an emergency.
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