A motor vehicle collision is obviously something you want to avoid, but they are unfortunately even more likely to happen during the winter months in Canada. With icy roads, snow and general bad driving conditions, it is a good idea to put steps into place to reduce your chances of a car accident. Carry on reading to discover some Canada Prevention Collision Car Tips that you can start putting into action today!
- Get winter tires
If you have not already done so, it's well worth putting winter tires on your vehicle at this time of year. These will give you better traction, braking and handling. Winter tires can shorten braking distance by a staggering 25%, which could actually prove life saving in the right situation! Drivers who have winter tires actually qualify for a discount on their insurance, which is another reason why you should stop delaying and just do it.
- Ensure your windows are clear
During the winter, your windows are going to get covered in snow, ice and fog. Don't just assume that you only need to clear the window directly in front of the drivers side. You should de-ice and generally clear ALL the windows in your vehicle to ensure full visibility when you are on the road. Give the windows of your car the once over before you start driving to reduce your chances of a collision.
- Don't use cruise control
If you are on a particularly slippery road or the weather is bad, you should avoid using cruise control. This takes away the control you have over your vehicle and this is something you do NOT need in Canada during winter. If the weather is really bad, avoiding driving on the roads at all if you are able to do so.
- Have a survival kit
It's also good idea to have a "survival kit" in your car somewhere that it easy to get to, like in the glove compartment. In this kit, you should keep booster cables, gloves, a first aid kit, a small shovel, a torch, windscreen wiper fluid, a snow brush, a safety vest, water and food. You never know what kind of situation you will find yourself in during winter, so it's best to be prepared for all possibilities. In addition to the survival kit, you should also make sure that you have a fully charged phone with you during bad weather.
- Keep safe distances
When you are driving behind other cars in bad weather conditions, you should make sure that you are leaving plenty of distance because the stopping distance is so much longer than usual. You should take even more care to ensure plenty of distance if you are travelling behind slow plows because these large vehicles have limited visibility.
- Have a full gas tank
Having a full tank of gas during the winter in Canada is definitely advisable for a number of reasons. It will actually reduce moisture from the fuel system and it will add weight to your vehicle, which means that you will naturally drive slower without even meaning to. Finally, you never know if you will have to take a detour because of the snow, so you need to make sure you have enough gas to reach your destination.
- Wear comfortable clothes
Although you will want to wear clothes that are keeping you warm during this weather, you should also make sure the clothes you are wearing are easy to move in and are comfortable. Having too many layers can restrict your movement/reactions and it might also affect your ability to check your blind spot when on the road.
- Go below the speed limits
This might be obvious but you should be driving much slower than usual during bad weather conditions. When there is a particular speed on a road, you should ensure you are driving way under it. You might be in a rush to get somewhere but no amount of urgency is worth risking your safety.
Now that you know these Canada prevention collision car tips, you are much less likely to get into an accident. It's well worth paying a little money or taking extra time to do these things. When you think of the inconvenience compared to the possible risk of harming your vehicle, another vehicle, another person or yourself in a collision - it's definitely worth it!