RCMP provide winter driving tips

Police are advising the following:

Maintain a safe following distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other cars.

Drop your speed to match road conditions. The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed. No matter how much experience you have, the way your car will move on snow or ice always has an element of unpredictability.

Accelerate and brake slowly. When starting from a stop on slick roads, start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels. When stopping, plan well in advance, apply the brakes gently and slowly add pressure rather than braking suddenly.

Avoid sudden moves. Slow down and steer smoothly and gradually to avoid skidding. Avoid unexpected
quick movements that could put you in a spin. Anticipate turns, stops, and lane changes well before they occur.

Know how to handle a skid. A skid happens when your wheels slide out of control on a slippery surface and is a result of driving too fast for road condition. If you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to over-steer.

See and be seen. It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow
impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on.

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