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Experts: Get your winter tires ready


Some parts of the country have already been blanketed with snow (courtesy: Parm Maheru)
Some parts of the country have already been blanketed with snow (courtesy: Parm Maheru)

The Canadian Press

November 20, 2012 — Some parts of the country have already been hit with a first blast of snow -- serving as a reminder for everyone else prepare for winter driving.

Accidents can be avoided by learning and practising winter driving techniques
Accidents can be avoided by learning and practising winter driving techniques

"Too many people decide to fill up on washer fluid and get their winter tires on after the first snowfall hits. Check any automotive store where they sell and install winter tires and you'll see long, long lineups when it first starts to snow," said Scott Marshall, director of training for Young Drivers of Canada.

"Get your winter tires [and] get your winter supplies ready — like now."

Marshall said now is also the time to practice winter driving strategies. 

"The fact is, how we drive in everyday conditions is for ideal conditions, and driving in the wintertime is not ideal."

That means be prepared to drive slower, steer more smoothly and brake earlier. 

Here are some additional winter driving tips, courtesy of Transport Canada:

  • Install four matching winter tires
  • Pack an emergency kit, which can include an ice scraper and brush, shovel, booster cables, extra windshield washer fluid, a cloth or roll of paper towels, a blanket, extra clothing and footwear, food, a first aid kit, matches and a "survival" candle in a deep can, maps and a flashlight 
  • Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads
  • Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle before driving it
  • Travel with a fully charged cell phone

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