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On a cold February day, the snow is blowing across the highway. The visibility is poor and the road is a sheet of ice. A car stops in the middle of the highway, and a truck doesn’t see it before it is too late. It crashes into the car, killing the driver, leaving the family without a mother and grandmother. Are these tragedies an inevitable factor of driving in bad winter conditions?
Statistics tell us that in BC, the number of accidents that result in serious injury and death double from October to December! How can we reduce the number of fatalities caused by winter driving conditions?
Always notify your family and friends as to where you will be, as you can never have enough people know where you are in case something happens.
Change to winter tires designed for the cold. Did you know that all season tires start to lose their elasticity after it reaches only 7 degrees Celsius? If you encounter a situation where you need to stop rapidly, without winter tires, breaking is not enough to alter your course and speed. Winter tires are effective to negative 30 degrees Celsius!
Vehicles require regular maintenance and checkups to remain safe and secure. Get your battery inspected before the start of the season and make sure you have the right grade of oil for winter temperatures. Also, check to ensure your lights are in perfect working order so you can see others and others can see you!
If you wind up in the ditch or if your car breaks down in a remote area, you need to have a way to communicate for help.
If you look outside and you can’t see your car in the driveway through the blinding snow, stay home. Do not take uneccissary risks.
If staying inside is not an option, consider these tips to help keep you safe.
Visualize that cold February day, where a family was left without a loved one. Would she still be here had she, or the truck driver, considered the safety information above? When it comes to winter driving – caution and knowledge is of utmost importance.