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Never too soon to prepare for winter driving


Staff writers
November 5, 2012 — As parts of the country begin to see signs of snow, officials say it's important to prepare for winter weather on the roads. Drivers learned how to reduce the risks in Brampton, Ontario over the weekend.


Motorists urged to adjust their driving habits on the roads when conditions deteriorate
Motorists urged to adjust their driving habits on the roads when conditions deteriorate

As the winter season quickly approaches, drivers are urged to consider safety on the roads. 

"Winter is a unique season and it presents motorists with unique driving conditions," says Ian Law, President, Chief Instructor at ILR Car Control School. 

Law suggests all motorists take advanced driving courses to prepare for the challenges with the winter months ahead.

"The most important safety feature in any vehicle is the driver," says Law. "The best thing anybody can do is learn the skills and techniques to be safe on the road." 

Experts encourage drivers to always check the weather and road conditions before heading out. 

"And if conditions don't warrant driving, just say 'I'm staying home today,'" says Law.

Installing winter tires is an important safety feature
Installing winter tires is an important safety feature

Making sure your vehicle is winter ready is another important safety feature as well.

"Winter tires are a big part of being safe on winter roads," says Law. "The rubber compound in the winter tires work much better than an all-season rubber compound and that's what gives drivers up to 40 percent more grip on winter roads...It could be the difference of stopping on time or sliding into the back of that truck in front of you."

Experts say winter tires should be installed when the outside temperature reaches seven degrees or below.


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