Allstate's Top Tips for Safe Winter Driving
Prepare Before Heading Out
- Get a vehicle maintenance inspection from your mechanic to:
- check the engine, brakes, oil, belts, hoses, tire pressure, battery fluid levels, battery posts and cable connectors.
- Replace windshield wipers annually as worn wipers can reduce visibility.
- Ensure your defroster and heater work properly to keep windows clear. Remove snow from mirrors, headlights, and taillights.
- Don’t forget to remove snow from the roof of your car to prevent it from sliding down while you’re driving.
- Invest in snow tires for the winter (mandatory in some provinces) as they provide more traction.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated as tires lose a pound of pressure for every 5 degree Celsius the temperature drops.
- Keep enough gas in your tank and never run low.
- Plan your route in advance and check local weather and road conditions. Give yourself extra time so you can drive at a safe speed.
- Keep a safety kit in your trunk including a warm blanket, flashlight, gloves, boots, flares, shovel, ice scraper, washer fluid, booster cables, non-perishable foods and a first aid kit.
Stay in Control on the Road
- Slow down — adjust your speed to reflect road conditions.
- Remain a safe distance back from snowplows and never pass them.
- If the weather is severe, pull over until it is safe to drive or avoid driving at all.
- Keep at least eight to 10 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you; this will give you ample time to respond in poor road conditions.
- If your vehicle begins to skid, don’t panic! Ease off on the accelerator or brake and change the transmission into neutral. Steer in the direction you wish to go, but be careful not to over steer. Do not slam on the brakes — this will make it harder to gain control.
Keep safe on the roads this winter!