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posted by: LIT First Aid on: February 22, 2021

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Winter is here, which unfortunately means that driving becomes a riskier endeavour in many parts of the world. Thankfully, there are a few key ways you can continue to drive safely, even in harsh winter conditions. Continue reading to discover our top tips for driving in the winter.

 

Invest in Winter Tires

First thing’s first, if you live somewhere that receives snow regularly throughout the colder months, then investing in winter tires for your car is a must. Something too few people realize is that all-season tires are really only suited to mild climates. In fact, they are largely ineffective against ice or heavy snowfall. So if snow is common where you live, even if winter tires aren’t mandated by the government, it is highly recommended that you invest in them in order to be as safe as possible.

 

Slow Down

Slowing down in any form of inclement weather saves lives. Rain, snow, or ice all work to reduce the amount of grip your tires have on the road, which means that if you choose to drive fast, you put yourself at greater risk of an accident. Even if the road looks clear in the winter, black ice is extremely common, so it’s always a good idea to drive with caution. Winter drivers should be especially careful of slowing down when they accelerate and decelerate.

 

Increase Following Distance

In addition to slowing down when you drive, it is also recommended that drivers increase their following distance in the winter. In normal circumstances, you want to be at least one car’s distance behind the car in front of you. However, in winter conditions, a good rule of thumb is to double this distance.

 

When in Doubt, Stay In

If the road conditions look too risky due to snow or heavy rain, the best course of action is to simply stay inside. Take public transit or walk to your destination if you really need to leave your home. But if you’re not leaving your home for essential reasons, then staying in and waiting out the bad weather may be the safest option. 

 

Driving in the snow and other hazardous conditions can be dangerous. Stay safe on the roads this winter by following the tips above. In addition, learning basic first aid can help should you find yourself in any type of car accident. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.

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