Winter driving can bring on many hazards that aren’t there in the warmer months. Snow and ice can seriously hinder our driving. We have some valuable winter driving tips to help make winter driving safer for you, your employees and your family.

Ontario offers an incentive to get you driving on winter tires. This comes through lower insurance premiums. This could be as much as a 5% reduction in your premium. The average point when temperatures hit 7 degrees in Ontario varies because it’s such a large province, but usually, it’s from late October to mid-November.  Check with your insurance provider.

Winter Tires

Along with colder temperatures, snow, and ice, winter also brings potentially dangerous driving conditions.  Slippery roads and decreased visibility can make driving in Canadian winters a challenge.  In winter driving conditions, winter tires are designed to offer superior control and traction compared to summer and all-season tires.  Winter tires are made with materials specifically designed to handle snow, ice, and cold temperatures.  Plus, they have tread patterns that bite into snowy, icy, slushy, and wet road conditions.  If you intend on driving in severe winter conditions, it is recommended to install four winter tires that are in good condition and installed by qualified people.

What makes the difference between an ordinary driver and a good one?

  • A usual driver reacts to road situations.
  • A  better driver anticipates problems and avoids them.

Driving in winter weather has challenges for vehicles and their drivers. Keeping your vehicle in good technical and mechanical repair reduces your chances of any problems while driving – especially in winter weather.

Winter Driving Kit:

Many of us travel by car to visit family and friends during the winter, especially during the holiday season. It’s a really good idea to include a winter-ready safety kit in your vehicle. This kit should include things like:

  • For tire traction: a bag of sand or salt, or if you have a cat their litter works well too
  • Snow shovel.
  • Snowbrush.
  • Ice scraper.
  • Booster cables.
  • A warning device such as a flair
  • Fuel line de-icer
  • Extra windshield wiper fluid that works in extremely cold temperatures
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Protein bars and bottled water.
  • Winter hat, gloves and boots if you don’t plan on wearing them while you drive
  • Matches and emergency candles – if you have to light any candles, lower a window a bit to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide

Whether you’re driving for work or pleasure in the winter, make sure you have everything you need in case something happens. If you are driving a long distance, make sure someone else knows where you are going and your planned route. Stay safe on the roads this winter!