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The Fast and the Furious: Winter Drift!

By: Christopher Vervoorst

We all know that is has been coming for weeks. Although the full brunt of it hasn’t hit us yet, we know that it’s here to stay for the next four to five months. I’m talking about that cruel mistress we have to deal with every year. Winter. And, also the joy of winter driving. (That was sarcasm)

A lot of young workers drive to and from work everyday and, for some, this is their first experience with winter driving. Now, I know a lot of people make a big deal about winter driving and how dangerous it can be fore new inexperienced drivers. But, as someone who started driving during the winter, I know that it’s not that big a deal.  As long as you follow these few simple tips, that is:

  • Make sure you have winter tires or, at the very least, all-season tires.
  • Give yourself extra time when driving. You never know exactly what the road conditions might be like. (Which brings me to my next point…)
  • Check the road reports before you hit the highway or any major roadway.
  • Now, this next tip may seem redundant, but please don’t speed. If anything, drive a little bit slower than the speed limit.

And, finally, a tip that is good all year round and especially in freezing conditions:

  • Make sure your car is equipped with an emergency roadside kit and blankets.

Also, make sure you’re dressed appropriately while driving. I’m talking the full winter get up – mittens and toques included.  You never know when something bad might happen and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

While these tips are great for new drivers, we all need to get back in the groove of winter driving. Keep in mind! Taking these precautions will make sure we are able to have a safe and relatively accident free winter.

Until next week, keep your head up and drive safe.

2 Responses to “The Fast and the Furious: Winter Drift!”

  1. Great tips, Christopher! Yes, it’s so important to be more aware when we’re driving in the winter, and I agree that when we all make a huge-big deal about it — it just creates more stress. A stressed driver is not one who is paying attention to the conditions. I feel confident driving in the winter and will assess the conditions honestly. If it’s too slippery out, I stay home. I think that’s just part of being a ‘good driver’ — knowing when to make the call to _not_ venture out onto the highway or to wait a few hours until the road crews have worked their magic.

    Acceleration is slower & stopping can be iffy… thus I think we all need to give each other a little more room on the road. Anticipate stops (hey, those yellow lights really do warn for reds!) and back off from other drivers.

    Drive with enough confidence to get you where you need to go but with enough fear to respect the conditions. Other drivers do expect you to get on with it and drive the vehicle … but I do pass poor judgement on those who over-drive the situation. I don’t think it’s ‘cool’, nor does anyone else. I don’t actually want to be the first person stopping to help at an accident for someone who just whizzed past me — but I’ll do it if I have to.

    Great reminder & very timely! 😉

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