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Gearing up for winter driving

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 1, 2011 — Your vehicle may be ready for winter, but have you adjusted your driving habits? Joe Sears from Drive Wise offers tips on travelling through the winter months.

Drivers encouraged to leave extra travel time during the winter
Drivers encouraged to leave extra travel time during the winter

It doesn't take long for road conditions to deteriorate once the winter season begins. And some places have already been dealing with heavy snow and slippery roads.

City crews have been busy gearing up for what could be a snowier winter than last year, and drivers are encouraged to do the same.

While installing snow tires and getting your car in shape for winter is important, officials say it is just as important to adjust your driving habits as the seasons change.

Driving when it's dark out can lead to reduced visibility
Driving when it's dark out can lead to reduced visibility

“As soon as the adverse weather starts it's important for us to number one, slow down...We need traction and visibility and the way to get traction in poor weather is to slow down,” says Joe Sears with Drive Wise.

Sears adds that leaving extra time when driving in poor conditions can help prevent accidents from occurring. Keeping your distance is another simple prevention method.

“We want extra room around our car incase something does happen and so there's more time to respond to that situation and then we don't have to make a quick reaction, which could cause us to lose control of our vehicle,” says Sears.

What will winter bring to your area? Find all the details in the Winter Outlook. You can also stay up-to-date on the weather in your area by heading to our Canadian Cities Index

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