Safe Winter Driving Tips in Fort McMurray
If you’ve experienced the winter in a northern climate, then you already know driving can be challenging. With residents accustomed to winter roads, life goes on as usual, in spite of high winds, freezing rain, blizzards, and icy roads. If you’re new to navigating dangerous winter road conditions in Fort McMurray, consider the following tips before venturing out.
12 Winter Driving Safety Tips
- To winterize your vehicle, check your spare tire, anti-freeze, windshield wipers, battery, belts, hoses, tires, brakes, heater, and defroster.
- In the winter, prepare for the worst by packing your car with an emergency kit of blankets, warm clothes, flashlights, shovel, water, snacks, and tools.
- It’s obvious you need to brush snow from your windshield to see, but you should also clear all of your mirrors, rear windshield, license plate, and remove snow from your headlights and brake lights.
- Keep a more-than-half-full gas tank. In cold conditions, a full tank will prevent moisture problems inside your vehicle’s fuel system due to condensation. It also adds extra weight to your vehicle, making it safer in icy conditions. In addition, a full tank of gas means the ability to keep your vehicle running with the heat on, should you go off the road and become stranded.
- Drive below the limit. Posted speed limits apply to ideal road conditions. Slow down in fog or on icy roads to avoid an accident and a traffic violation.
- Keep a safe distance between you and snow plows and other vehicles on the road. Snow plows will let other cars pass about every five kilometers. Drive with at least three times the normal following distance behind other vehicles on the road.
- Driving outside tire tracks, in snowy conditions, will win you a little extra traction on slick roads.
- Signal early to allow the cars behind you enough time to slow down before your turn.
- Avoid sudden moves. Quick turns, lane changes, and abrupt stops can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- At traffic lights, leave space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If you get rear-ended, you won’t slide into the next vehicle. Also, be sure no cars are sliding into the crossroads before accelerating on a green light.
- Accelerate steadily when approaching a hill and maintain speed while climbing.
- If your car skids, remove your foot from the brake and turn in the direction you wish to go. Brake smoothly, yet firmly, when your tires regain traction.
Apply Your Winter Driving Skills with a Rental Vehicle in Fort McMurray
At Young Motors, we have an entire fleet of winter-ready vehicles available for rental. If you’re visiting the area, need a loaner, or have a long drive over winter road conditions planned, you might consider renting a four-wheel drive vehicle complete with anti-lock brakes and all-season tires. Visit our website to complete a contact form or call any of our three locations in For McMurray to book your rental vehicle today.
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