Let It Snow, Let It Snow…
Here in Alberta, Canada, we are being hit hard with winter weather. 20CM of snow within 24 hours… twice a week! In these conditions, roads become slippery, visibility decreases significantly, and other drivers may not be paying as much attention to the road and surroundings as you are. Here at Shine Tech we promote safe driving, so here are some tips and reminders we want to share to assist you in staying safe through the winter driving days.
- Unless travel is absolutely necessary, try to stay off the roads.
- Slow down. It is always more important to arrive safe, rather than in a time frame. Allow yourself lot of day time driving if possible, and drive at a speed you are comfortable at.
- Keep your lights on. Use low beams rather than high beams.
- Never use cruise control. Cruise control is to be used when the roads are clear and dry with great visibility.
- Signal sooner than normal to give drivers behind you time to react appropriately.
- Allow yourself 3 times the normal distance to stop. Ease onto your brake.
- If you begin to skid, take your foot off the brake and steer in the direction you want to go. Brake firmly and smoothly once your tires regain their grip.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include items such as a blanket, a phone charger, candles, extra clothing, flashlight with extra batteries, non-perishable food items, first aid kit, ad anything else that will give you comfort in case if an emergency.
1 in 4 fatal collisions and accidents were caused because the driver was driving at an unsafe speed for road conditions.