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Prepare for the roads ahead: winter driving tips from Nova Scotia RCMP

As fall fades into winter, it’s a good time to prepare for the slippery roads ahead.

“We can’t predict when it’ll snow, so it makes sense to prepare your vehicle for winter driving now,” says Cst. Chad Morrison of the Nova Scotia RCMP. “Getting vehicle preparations out of the way now will mean a safer and less stressful drive when the snow starts to fall.”

Prepare your vehicle

  • Consider investing in winter tires. Winter tires in good condition can displace slush and snow and grip the road. All-weather tires are different and do not offer the same benefits. If you are planning to have winter tires put on, book your appointment now as space tends to fill up quickly.
  • Test everything. Be sure your lights and signals are working properly.
  • Fill up. Ensure your car has a good amount of antifreeze and gas.
  • Keep clean. Before heading out, allow your vehicle to defrost and defog, then clean all snow and ice from your windows, mirrors, lights, hood, roof, sensors and cameras. Built up snow can obstruct your view and blow onto other vehicles.
  • Plan for the worst. Pack your vehicle with everything you would need in an emergency. This includes:
    • charged cellphone
    • shovel
    • sand or kitty litter
    • traction mats
    • tow chain
    • compass
    • cloth or roll of paper towels
    • warning light or road flares
    • extra clothing and footwear
    • extra food and water
    • booster cables
    • matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can
    • fire extinguisher
    • extra windshield washer fluid
    • fuel line antifreeze
    • reflective vest
    • road maps
    • flashlight
    • first aid kit
    • blanket

When it does start to snow, it is important to adjust your driving for the road conditions.

Drive for the weather

  • Stay in the loop. Check weather and road conditions before heading out and adjust your expected arrival time accordingly. You can find information on road conditions at theTransportation and Infrastructure Renewal website.
  • Slow down. Roads are unpredictable when they’re slippery and it is best to drive at a slower speed than you would normally.
  • Keep your distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles.
  • Take your time. Accelerate and stop gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels.

Nova Scotia RCMP will be sharing more winter driving advice throughout the coming months. Follow@RCMPNS on Twitter and Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia on Facebook for more tips.

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Source : Media Release

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