Before You Drive In Winter Conditions, Prepare Yourself
Before you hit the road in winter weather, the first question you need to answer is whether you can delay your trip until conditions improve. If not, here are some tips to minimize your risk on the road:
- Find out what the current road conditions are like, and what the weather forecast will be.
- Plan your route ahead of time, avoiding any roads that may be dangerous in bad weather. Watch for road closure signs and barriers, and stay off those routes until they re-open.
- Give yourself ample time to reach your destination; you don't want to be rushing in bad weather. Travel during daylight for as much of your trip as possible, and make sure someone knows your route and when you plan on arriving at your destination.
- If you don't already have the skills and experience to drive in snow and icy conditions, ask your employer for winter driving training; such training should include learning to brake safely, how to get out of a skid, and how your car handles in winter conditions.
- Be sure to leave at least four seconds distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, so that you have lots of room in case you need to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
- Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement while driving. Bring warm clothing (winter boots, coat, gloves and hat) with you in case you need to get out of your vehicle.
- Have an emergency plan. If you get stuck or stranded, stay with your vehicle for safety and warmth. If you have a cell phone and it is an emergency, call 911. Otherwise call for roadside assistance.
Source: Prepare Yourself For Winter Conditions, by Shift Into Winter and DriveBC (September 2014).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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