Tips to prepare you for the snow fall!

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Tips to prepare you for the snow fall!

Apparently we have 10-15cm of snow in the
forecast for tomorrow, it will be another day of dealing with the
dreaded traffic on the snow covered GTA highways... Here's a few tips to
keep you safe:

You already know how important tires are for
these conditions, so we won't remind you again... Except for this!...
Driving aids like anti-lock brakes and traction control are near useless
in the snow/ice if you don't have suitable tires. Also keep in mind
that tire pressures drop in the cold! So make sure they're up to spec
(we have seen tires popping off the bead due to snow ruts because of low
tire pressures). Also running a skinnier tire in the winter helps cut
through snow for traction.

Try to keep a decent amount of fuel
in your tank, as slower/ stop and go driving will make your commute
longer and use more fuel than expected. What's worse than being stuck in
traffic on a wintery day? Running out of fuel! (or changing a tire of
course).

Keep washer fluid topped up, that nasty dried up salt
and road water on the windshield isn't pleasant to look through. Having
your wipers lifted off the windshield while parked in the cold will
prevent the rubber blade from freezing to the windshield (and tearing).

Now for some driving tips...

Remember that a car can turn faster than it can stop... If you have to
do an emergency stop and you don't have enough room, quickly check your
blind spots and maneuver around the situation (if safe to do so).

NEVER keep your eyes fixated on an area you're trying to avoid, keep
them on where you want the vehicle to go, by doing this your hands will
follow on the steering...
A lot of accidents occur by the driver
being "hypnotized" by panic and looking to where their car is headed,
rather than maneuvering it to safety... If you're sliding towards a pole
and eyes are fixated on that, you will undoubtedly hit that pole.
However, instead of even thinking about the pole, if the vehicle starts
to slide, keep your eyes fixated on a safe way out.

Using a
balance of braking and acceleration is very important in slippery
conditions, by doing this you are reducing the chances of losing
traction. It's never a good idea to think that "powering" out of every
situation will work. Balance is key in winter conditions, ask any
professional Rally driver and he/she will tell you the same.

If you do unfortunately get stuck in deep snow (with a two-wheel-drive
vehicle), rocking your vehicle back and forth to help build forward
momentum works very well. Keeping straw carpets or kitty litter in your
vehicle helps. Most important when driving any vehicle in the snow is to
KEEP MOMENTUM, especially when driving through deep snow or up hill.

Happy and Safe Driving!

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