Winter Driving Safety Tips

04 Jan 2023
Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter driving can be a challenging and dangerous experience, especially if you’re not prepared. From icy roads to reduced visibility, there are many hazards that you need to be aware of when behind the wheel. During the winter, it is especially important to make sure you are paying attention to what is happening on the road and to make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Be on the Defense 

Winter calls for defensive driving. Take extra caution in the following ways:

  • Remove snow and ice from your car before driving 
  • Reduce your speed so you can react to slippery roads
  • Look out for unsafe drivers
  • Avoid using cruise control
  • Allow more space between your car and others
  • Know when to stay off the roads in bad weather

Winterize Your Trunk

Be prepared for tricky weather conditions by traveling with the following equipment:

  • Battery jumper cables
  • Snowbrush and windshield scraper
  • Lightweight shovel
  • Wire traction mat or bag of sand
  • Inflated spare tire
  • Wheel wrench and jack
  • Flashlight and flares
  • Blanket
  • Candles/lighter/matches
  • Emergency snacks
  • Winter boots
  • Hat and warm clothes 
  • Facial tissues
  • First aid kit
  • Hand warming heat packs

When the temperature drops, be sure to plug in your car to allow your block heater to keep your engine oil and coolant warm. This helps your car start easily and can improve your fuel economy. 

By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and smooth winter driving experience.


Matt Schottroff is the Marketing Coordinator for The Standard Insurance Brokers Ltd. and the host of the Passionate People video series. He lives and works in Kenora, Ontario.

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