Winter Driving Tips

Make Sure You're Ready for Winter with Island Ford

December 2nd, 2016 by Sara

Stay Safe Out There
Canada has been rated as one of the best countries in the world to live in. We tend to forget about winter driving, however, when talking about the better aspects of our country. People still need to get where they're going and dealing with winter driving conditions is something many of us have to deal with. Luckily, this is made easier by being properly prepared. Here at Island Ford we've come up with a list of tips to help keep you moving this winter.
1) Switch to Winter Tires
While different parts of the country experience different weather systems throughout the winter months, the fact is that winter tires are superior in temperatures below 7C. They maintain grip in cold wet weather much better than other tires, and nearly everywhere in Canada will see temperatures below 7C. Inspect your current tires and see if switching to winter tires is right for your vehicle.
2) Keep Your Distance and Drive to Conditions
This is advice that we hear all the time, and it bears repeating. Always maintain enough distance to be able to take appropriate actions. Many people leave twice as much space between themselves and the vehicle ahead as they typically would. If the conditions require you to slow down and leave even more space then do so. Giving everyone as much notice and time to react should something happen is imperative.
3) Take Care when Braking and Turning
In situations such as heading into a turn or braking plan your moves ahead of time. Activate your indicators early to show your intentions to other drivers. Head into corners slower and take a wider turning angle to keep your tires gripping the pavement. When braking apply pressure slowly and consistently to avoid skidding. By staying one step ahead you can avoid potential issues before they ever arise.
4) Pay Attention At All Times
There are a lot of distractions for drivers in this day and age. Between infotainment systems, smartphones, and driver assists such as cruise control it can be very easy to let our attention wander. Be aware at all times and pay attention. Turn off cruise control and ensure your anti-lock braking and traction control systems are activated. Put your phone away and wait until you've come to a safe stop before putting on the next album.
5) Don't Drive on Dangerous Roads
An incredibly simple piece of advice that can make all the difference, if the conditions are dangerous then do not drive in them. Listen to weather forecasts or go online to see what the roads are like before you head out. If the recommendation is to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary then heed that advice. There's no shame in postponing lunch because driving would be dangerous for everyone.
6) Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit
This is another piece of advice we commonly hear that tends to be put on the backburner. A proper survival kit in the event your vehicle breaks down can be crucial, and in the winter it could be essential to staying safe. Include items such as a blanket, first-aid kit, flashlight, flares, rope, a knife, dried food, bottled water, and a shovel. Not only will having such a kit give you peace of mind, you'll be better equipped to help someone else if they require assistance.
Make Sure You're Ready For Winter With Island Ford in Duncan, BC
The tips above are a great start to making sure you have everything ready to make it through the winter with minimal worry. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us at Island Ford and we'll be happy to help out. Visit us at 6456 Norcross Rd, Duncan, British Columbia or call our expert Service Staff at (778)-400-6994 today.