Tips on driving safely this winter

Infographic - Checklist for Winter Driving

  • Eyes on the prize! Be sure to keep your eyes on the road at all times to avoid an accident. Though you should do this throughout the year, it’s imperative that you do it during the winter. This can help you notice icy spots before you slide across them.
  • Pack lots of entertainment! If you have children that are traveling with you during the winter, be sure that they have lots of fun stuff to keep them entertained. This lessens the chances of back seat fights, which is a huge distraction for a driver. Create a road trip pack for each child. Fill it with cards, colouring books, crayons, and even an electronic device if they are old enough.
  • Lay those phones down! Calling or texting while driving is very dangerous, even more so when done in the winter. Avoid texting at all costs, unless you can pull off the road to communicate. If you must make a phone call while driving, invest in an bluetooth earpiece so that your hands are free to stay on the wheel.
  • Maintain your car! Be sure to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape during the winter. This decreases the risk of having an accident. No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road in 20 degree weather, so keeping your car’s maintenance schedule up-to-date is essential.
  • Plan your route! Make sure that you always know how you will be getting from Point A to B. If possible, also allow for an alternate route. This is important if you may be travelling in a location that could have heavy snowfall or heavy rainfall. Roads often get closed during winter storms, so you need to be familiar with more than one way to reach your destination. Plus, mapping things out will keep you from getting lost or stranded in the middle of nowhere.

 

Just following these simple tips for winter driving can help you make trips much safer. It’s easy to get distracted or lose your way. Be proactive in preventing accidents, and you and your loved ones can enjoy the cool winter season!