Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Student’s Guide to Winter Driving

Student Guide to Winter Driving

Defensive driving is key when driving in the winter.

Even though December is in the rearview mirror, the worst winter driving months are still ahead.

You’re always in a hurry. Your schedule is full of classes, appointments, and a busy social life. However, over the winter months it’s time to slow your vehicle and be cautious; even if you’re late.

Here’s a few winter driving tips to keep you safe

Driving in winter really blows

You’re going to be frustrated by the slow moving traffic and lack of traction. Don’t let your bad mood compound things and cause you to lose focus.

Check travel conditions

You can always check the Weather Network or online for highway closures and driving conditions. If they warn you to stay home, listen to them. You can save yourself the frustration and gas money.

Winter driving uses more gas

Always try to keep at least half a tank in your vehicle. This will reduce moisture problems in your fuel system, and adds helpful weight to your car or truck.

Defensive driving is key

Most first-snowfall-accidents happen because people forget to reduce their speed and forget to increase their following distance. Also use your brakes lightly.

Be prepared

Pack warm clothing and an emergency kit, just in case you end up stalled or in an accident.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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