Here are a few tips for safe driving in the snow

Things to remember include keeping calm, slowing down and keeping your distance

You can arrive safely to your destination on snowy days by following a few winter-driving tips.

When it comes to winter driving, the first snowfall of the season can cause even the most competent driver to lose their skills or worse, get too confident for weather conditions.

Here are five tips for safe winter driving:

1. Slow down and keep your distance Slushy snow and below-freezing temperatures at night mean icy patches are a common occurrence on Fraser Valley streets. To avoid a collision with a car that suddenly brakes ahead of you, increase your following distance and travel according to the weather conditions not the speed limit.

2. Invest in winter tires Winter tires provide better traction, handling and braking in cold weather, unlike all-season tires, which lose grip when the temperature dips below 7 C.

3. Check your tire pressure Colder weather reduces your tire pressure. Not only can under-inflated tires wear out more quickly, they can also affect your driving. Be sure to check your tire pressure and tread before you hit the road.

4. Steer into a skid It seems counter-intuitive, but when you start to skid, the best way to regain control of your vehicle is to steer gently “into” the skid by turning the wheel in the direction that your vehicle is skidding.

5. Keep calm Many drivers who are uncomfortable in difficult weather conditions tense up, which can impede precision driving. Try unclenching your hands and slowing down to lower your stress level; when you relax, you’re able to drive more skillfully and with greater precision.

 

 

Just Posted

Site C dam goes ahead, cost up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark gave him no choice

Langley RCMP seek man wanted for drug charges

David Main was last seen living in Langley City.

FVRD fire dispatch services to move from Chilliwack to Vancouver

Six part-time jobs eliminated; employees told of the decision two weeks before Christmas

Pellet gun prompts Langley RCMP to respond

A report of a firearm drew a large number of officers to Langley City.

Police converge on Abbotsford home after report of man with a gun

Incident took place Sunday afternoon on McCallum Road

VIDEO: Highstreet Holiday Show

Abbotsford shopping centre brings the holiday spirit

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Emergency response ‘well executed’ in B.C. carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency Health Services talks about how first responders dealt with this ‘mass casualty event’

Otter Co-op funds wetlands project

Otter Co-Op helps Abbotsford Mission Nature Club build $90,000 wildlife viewing platform

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

VIDEO: Cloverdale gets ‘Supernatural’ as fog, film crews descend

TV series Supernatural filming today in downtown Cloverdale.

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

Most Read