Winter driving is challenging - buckle up, phone down, slow down! Find more winter driving tips below.1
Check your vehicle
- Get a winter maintenance check-up: battery, belts, hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust, heater, wipers, ignition.
- Use 4 matching winter tires for traction.
- Keep an ice scraper in your vehicle.
- Keep washer fluid effective to -40˚C in your vehicle. Keep extra washer fluid in your trunk.
- Keep your fuel tank at least half full.
- Clean all the snow off your vehicle before you drive.
- Keep an emergency car kit in your vehicle.
- Have emergency supplies with you (charged cell phone, non-perishable food, water, flashlight, blanket, warm clothes, jumper cables, shovel and traction mats or sand, candles, lighter/matches).
- Practice winter driving skills before you need them.
Buckle Up, Phone Down, Slow Down
- Fasten your seatbelt.
- Turn off your phone, focus on the road ahead.
- Drive according to weather conditions.
- Steer gently on curves and in slippery conditions. Hard braking, quick acceleration and abrupt gear changes can the car to skid.
- Avoid cruse control on wet, snow or icy pavement.
Share the Road
- Keep extra space between vehicles.
- Yield to pedestrians and cyclists.
- Give snow plows space – never pass a plow.
Obey Road Closures
- Winter tires improve traction and control in frost, snow and icy conditions.
- All-season tires begin to lose their grip below +7°C and are not as effective in heavy snow and on ice.
Test Your Knowledge
Take the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) winter driving and winter tire quizzes below.
Information adapted from: Winter Driving - Be Prepared, Be Safe! Retrieved from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. ©Queens Printer for Ontario, 2018.
Date of creation: January 31, 2013
Last modified on: January 10, 2019