It takes a different skill set to drive in winter in Saskatchewan. The roads are icy, and no one wants to get stranded on the side of the road during a snowstorm. At Wheaton Cadillac, we aim to keep you safe on the road. Here’s how to stay safe when driving in snow!
The way you drive in the summertime might be dangerous for winter driving. To remain in control of your vehicle on snowy roads, you may need to adapt the way you brake, steer, and accelerate. Choppy movements are more likely to make your tires lose their grip on the road and increase your chances of slipping. Slow down when you’re about to make a turn to avoid skidding, and leave extra space between you and the car ahead of you in case you lose traction while braking.
2.LOOK FAR AHEAD
When the road is slippery, you should make it a habit to look far ahead, beyond your own vehicle’s hood. This will help you anticipate your next move and allow you more time to react if you need to. You should also learn to read the road from afar to be prepared. Watch out for shiny spots that may have ice, and keep an eye out on vehicles ahead of you and how different patches of the road have affected their vehicles. Looking far ahead will also help you better prepare for an upcoming uphill slope or a steep downhill road.
3.PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Staying at home during a snowstorm or freezing rain would be ideal but may not be possible due to daily obligations. If you must drive during treacherous weather, try to plan your route ahead of time. You will be safer with your entire concentration on the road, not having to fiddle with the navigation system on the road.
SAFETY BEGINS HERE
At Wheaton Cadillac, our professional team is trained to help you winterize your vehicle and advise you on best practices when driving in snow. Book an appointment at our Service Centre in Saskatoon, SK, to get more winter safety tips. Whether you’re in Warman, Humboldt, Prince Albert, North Battleford, or Martensville, we are a short distance away. Visit us to benefit from our many service specials and to get proper vehicle maintenance today!