With winter coming, it means one thing—lots of unsafe conditions. Between ice, sleet, and snow, winter months in Canada can become challenging as you try to go about your daily life. Instead of feeling sure-footed, you now have to gingerly cross the sidewalk, or you could land hard on the ground.
Winter Driving Tips
When winter comes, our actions need to change to adapt to the new conditions. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe and injury free this winter season.
- Get winter tires: Driving without winter tires can be an accident waiting to happen. If you're driving with summer tires, you're chancing it. Winter tires are made for winter. They have better grip and give you more control when driving.
- Be cautious with cruise control: This feature is nice for long summer drives, but not so much on winter ones, or rather it's unsafe. You shouldn't be using cruise control when driving on any slippery, ice-covered surface because it's easier to lose control of your vehicle. To remain in control and alert, lay off the cruise.
- Give room: When driving, remember that it isn't summer; the roads aren't dry. In perfect conditions, the ideal following distance is three to four seconds, but in winter, you should increase it to eight to ten seconds. You'll be grateful for this increased margin if you have to stop on ice.
Winter Slip Prevention
Unfortunately, walking becomes a challenge of its own as slips become more common with the cold weather. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of injury according to Statistics Canada. Follow these tips to avoid injury:
- Use handrails: You never know when ice may surprise you, so hold on to railings whenever you can.
- Step carefully: Take short, deliberate steps, not long ones. Better yet, shuffle your way through what you think to be an icy patch.
- Dress appropriately: Wear winter boots that have some traction and good treads. Boots without increase your chance of falling.
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