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Winter Safety

6 JAN 2014

It’s that time of the year again: snow squalls, black ice, mountains of slush and a general feeling of dread while driving. Old Man Winter is a tricky guy, and he doesn’t mind throwing a few curveballs at you, that’s why it’s essential to be prepared for the daunting task of winter driving. This great blog post by Automotive Training Centre has some great tips and tricks for winter driving, as well as a couple of neat gadget ideas.

“Like all people in automotive careers will tell you: visibility is key, and if your wipers are shoddy, that impairs your ability to see, and makes you a danger to yourself and everyone else on the road. If you get stuck on the road, it’s nice to have some traction aids in your trunk, so you can gain back a little bit of control. There are many varieties of traction aids, from pads to strips to just plain old kitty little that well help you get a leg-up on Jack Frost. It’s also essential to keep a cellphone in the vehicle at all times, you never know when you’ll be stranded or stuck and need to call someone to come tow you out!”

Even with all the traction aids, high-tech snow brushes and tip-top wiper fluid, you still have to excercise extreme caution in winter conditions. Gadgets and tricks are no match for common sense and vigilance. Safe and cautious driving is your best friend when winter rolls around. You should always ensure you have great visibility and are paying attention to road conditions and speed. With the right amount of preparedness when driving, it’ll be a breeze and winter will be over before you know it.