The Canadian winter is fierce. In fact, we're already beginning to see winter's onset. Still, life goes on, and we all have places to go.
Nevertheless, driving risks increase as on-road hazards beckon with the arrival of winter. If you were to have an accident or other problem on the road, the results could prove costly. What can you do to keep yourself safe when driving this time of year?
Winter driving doesn't have to be scary. However, it can be challenging. Do what you can to protect yourself whenever you venture out.
Driver Safety Tips for Cold Temperatures
The area around Moose Jaw can see over 40 inches (109 cm) of snow on average each year. We also see temperatures begin to drop to winter levels as early as October. During the winter, driving risks increase. As this winter deepens, think about what you can do to keep yourself and your vehicle safe.
- Check your tires. Your tires are often your most important asset on wet or snow-covered roads. Ensure they have appropriate tread depth and air pressure. Replace them as needed. Consider installing snow tires if they will benefit you on local roadways. Also consider snow chains as needed.
- Have a full car service early in the season. Change the oil, top off the fluids and replace the air filter to improve gas efficiency. Test the heating and air system. Keep up with a regular maintenance schedule throughout the winter.
- Change the car's battery if it is nearing the end of its life. Older batteries cannot work appropriately in cold temperatures. If they struggle to run, they run the risk of damaging the rest of the car.
- Test and replace your wipers, headlights and taillights. These systems will prove critical to improving your visibility in bad conditions.
- Never attempt to drive on frozen or uncleared roads. When you do drive, always proceed with caution. Leave ample space between yourself and other drivers and do not speed.
- Keep jumper cables and an emergency supply kit in the car. In case you become stranded, have the resources on hand to call for help or attract attention. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what route you will take.
In the event of an accident, your car insurance coverage can often step in to help you out. If you have physical damage protection, you'll likely be able to get at least some of the costs of repairs covered. However, all policies vary, and some do not automatically include this coverage. Ask our agents to help you get covered for collisions and other unpreventable winter damage.