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Winter driving tips


The Canadian Press
November 16, 2012 — Winter is coming, and that can mean slippery roads and less-than-ideal conditions for cars. Experts share some tips for safe driving in the cold months.


Experts recommend slowing down when driving in winter conditions (courtesy: Shawn Patrick)
Experts recommend slowing down when driving in winter conditions (courtesy: Shawn Patrick)

"The posted [speed] limit is the limit you should be driving under ideal conditions," says Anne Marie Heys with Teens Learn to Drive Inc.

"But there's a lot of time in the winter in Canada when we don't have ideal conditions."

She recommends keeping two hands on the wheel at the "9" and "3" position.

"And make sure you have a cushion of space around your vehicle."

Accelerating too quickly or "locking" breaks by pushing on them too hard can cause a car to spin out.

If this happens, Heys recommends waiting until the car has grip before accelerating again.

"Hang on to the steering wheel, keep your eyes up and look where you want to go," she says.

Graham Jeffery with Canadian Tire says one of the best benefits of winter tires is they allow for better breaking during the winter.

He says that with a winter tire, you can break on ice within thirty feet -- a far cry from the 37 and 38 feet that a car with all season tires typically requires to break.

Learn more about winter driving in the Driving Tips section of the website.

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