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April 1, 2024

When winter hits in Canada it can pose a challenge for how drivers are going to get from place to place. Snow and ice can make driving more difficult and it’s important that drivers across Canada are safe and diligent as they are on the road. Here are a few tips for making sure you arrive safe when that winter weather hits.  

Vehicle condition 

One of the most important things you can do for safe driving during the winter is to make sure that your vehicle is well maintained and has the appropriate tires on it for the season. You will want to make sure that all your mirrors and windows are free and clear of snow or any other debris so you have a clear view as you drive. You may also want to purchase a good set of winter tires as they are designed for the cold and give you better traction. (Some insurance companies may even give you a break on your premiums if you have winter tires).  

Keep it smooth 

When you’re driving in the snow or on slippery roads, you want to make sure that you are driving slowly and smoothly and not making sudden changes (like quick acceleration or braking) to maintain control of your vehicle. This includes making sure that you leave enough space for stopping, and not tailgating.  

Understand the weather and road conditions 

When there is snow on the road, it’s very possible that there could be ice under the snow making it very slippery for driving. These types of road conditions can make driving very dangerous if drivers are not careful. Additionally, there’s an increased risk of swerving off the road and into a snowbank or ditch. Knowing what the weather is like before you head out on the road is crucial in making sure you stay safe on the roads this winter.  

Make sure to pay attention 

Distracted driving happens – there is so much going on when driving – but when winter comes, it’s especially important to pay attention to where you’re going and try to anticipate when you will need to stop or the next move you will need to make. Your reaction time may not change, but your vehicle’s ability to stop or change directions quickly will be drastically reduced. Ensuring you pay attention to what is going on around you and on the road will help to reduce the chance of a collision with another vehicle.  

Check your insurance 

As careful as you may be, accidents may still happen in the winter with bad driving conditions. Check your insurance to make sure it is up to date, and you have the appropriate coverage. This will help to give you peace of mind that damages will be covered in the event of an accident.  

Contact ICD Insurance today 

Do you have questions about your insurance coverage for winter driving, or would you like to compare rates? If so, contact us today to speak to a broker.