SGI has some win­ter driv­ing sug­ges­tions

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - COUR­TESY SASK. GOV’T. IN­SUR­ANCE

WIN­TER DRIV­ING TIPS

• Be sure to wipe loose snow off the hood of your ve­hi­cle so that it doesn't blow onto your wind­shield and ob­struct your vi­sion while you drive.

• En­sure that your head­lights, tail­lights and li­cence plates are vis­i­ble, and that your win­dows are com­pletely de­frosted be­fore you hit the road.

• Leave a lit­tle ear­lier to give your­self more time to reach your des­ti­na­tion, so you don't feel tempted to drive too fast for road con­di­tions.

• Start your trip slowly, test­ing your brak­ing and steer­ing to 'get a feel' for the road.

• Once you've reached a level of com­fort, you can grad­u­ally in­crease your speed. The key is to main­tain con­trol of your ve­hi­cle at all times, even if that means driv­ing un­der the posted speed limit.

• Stay alert as you ap­proach in­ter­sec­tions. Scan the road for trac­tion, such as sand or bare pave­ment, and al­ways ac­cel­er­ate and de­cel­er­ate grad­u­ally.

• If you do find your ve­hi­cle skid­ding, re­main calm and take your foot off the ac­cel­er­a­tor. Don't lock the brakes. In­stead, brake steadily, look where you want to go and steer in that di­rec­tion.

• Try to avoid us­ing cruise con­trol on the high­way dur­ing the win­ter. Icy sec­tions on oth­er­wise dry sur­faces can cause your wheels to spin, com­pro­mis­ing your con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and putting you at risk of a col­li­sion.

• Leave at least a four-sec­ond fol­low­ing dis­tance be­tween your ve­hi­cle and the one in front of you. If the driver ahead of you sud­denly brakes, you'll have the time and space needed to stop safely, en­sur­ing that you and ev­ery­one on the road ar­rives at their des­ti­na­tion safely.

• Keep an emer­gency kit in your car. The kit can in­clude warm clothes, a shovel, blan­kets, a snow brush, ice scraper, booster ca­bles, flash­light, flares, matches, a can­dle and a tin cup (to melt snow for wa­ter) and food like choco­late, gra­nola bars, dried fruit, nuts or soup mixes that can be added to wa­ter.

• Con­sider in­vest­ing in a set of win­ter tires, which pro­vide im­proved trac­tion on win­ter road sur­faces.

There is even more info in the Win­ter Driv­ing Sec­tion of the SGI Driv­ers Hand­book: https://www.sgi.sk.ca/hand book/-/knowl­edge_base/driv­ers/win­ter­driv­ing

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