The winter driving conditions have arrived, and it’s important that you drive according to those conditions.
That from SGI’s Tyler McMurchy following the first significant snowfall of the season in Saskatchewan.
Here’s the list of things to do with your vehicle, courtesy of SGI:
-Clear snow from your vehicle, including headlights and taillights, and be sure your windows are completely defrosted before you drive.
-Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. Adjust your speed accordingly when conditions are less than favourable, like when roads are icy or there is low visibility.
-Leave more distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you, so you have more time to stop. SGI recommends at least a four-second following distance.
-Give yourself extra time to get to your destination so you’re not tempted to drive too fast for road conditions.
-Turn on your headlights at night and any time visibility is poor, since some vehicles do not have taillights on when daytime running lights are being used.
-Don’t use cruise control in slippery conditions.
-Invest in a set of winter tires, which provide improved traction on winter road surfaces.
-Buckle up. Every time.
Lastly, be sure to check the weather forecast and the Highway Hotline (1-888-335-7623) before you set off on your travels. If travel isn’t recommended, stay off the roads.
More information is available at www.sgi.sk.ca