Tips for Safe Winter Driving in Edmonton, Alberta

Tips for Safe Winter Driving in Edmonton, Alberta

Winter driving in Canada can be a challenge for a new driver and, at times, even a seasoned one. Many of us have become comfortable driving during the winter season because of experience; however, at West Side Acura, we would love to cover some useful winter driving tips that will surely help residents of St. Albert, Beaumont, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Devon, Stony Plain, Fort Saskatchewan and surrounding areas of Alberta.

A Canadian will surely encounter various driving conditions like snow, ice, slush, and sleet; it is all but guaranteed. Yet, the majority of drivers have not formally taken a winter driving course. Don't worry; we've got you covered with some tips that can help.

Stay Composed

If you get caught driving in a snowstorm or when it's slippery out, take a deep breath and stay composed. One of the biggest mistakes drivers make during adverse winter driving conditions is slam on their brakes; never slam your brakes; rather, try pumping them if you have the time. Otherwise, the majority of modern vehicles come standard with ABS (automatic braking system). Avoid making any unnecessary lane changes, and make sure to have both hands on the wheel.

Clear your Vehicle of Snow and Ice

We've seen it often where drivers will only clean the area that allows them to see out of their vehicles. Avoid this practice, and make sure to clean your whole car of snow and ice before you start your drive. If you are stuck in freezing weather conditions where ice may have built-up, find somewhere to stop to remove it.

Safe Distance

A big problem that many have observed during a snowstorm or dangerous driving conditions is tailgating the vehicle in front. It is a great practice to always leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead. Typically, the golden rule is three vehicle lengths when the road is dry; however, more is required during slippery conditions. It will give you more time to stop and react to what is going on in front of you.

Freezing Rain

Canadian winters will surely include freezing rain because of the drastic and common temperature changes. If you are caught out during freezing rain, make sure to be extra vigilant. Incorporate all the above tips, including following a maintenance vehicle at a safe distance. And remember always take your time!

Plan Ahead

If it is necessary that you need to drive during bad winter conditions, make sure to have a plan in place to reach your destination. It is best to stay on main roads as they are more likely to be plowed first, make sure that other vehicles can see you by turning on your lights and ultimately avoid driving in extremely severe conditions. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

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