Although we were hoping for a quick winter this year, that famous little groundhog saw his shadow earlier this month. So we are preparing ourselves for a few extra weeks of the coldest season. Our team at Craig Dunn Motor City has learned some valuable tips and tricks throughout our time in the automotive industry, so we’re passing along our best secrets for staying safe on the road throughout the tough Canadian winters.
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Canadian winter driving tips
Invest in snow tires
It’s no secret that Canada gets piles and piles of snow during the winter, so it’s important to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped to handle the slippery elements. Snow tires are designed to have a better grip on slippery surfaces, which could make the difference between sliding into a ditch and staying safely on the road.
Keep a roadside emergency kit in your trunk
It’s important to have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle at all times, but its importance is increased tenfold in the winter. Items that should be kept in your kit include jumper cables, flares or triangle reflectors, a phone charger, a first aid kit, a flashlight and batteries, blankets, and a tool kit with common tools.
This tip may seem obvious, but it’s often not taken seriously. When conditions are less than ideal, you’ll want to drive slower and more carefully than normal. Slowing down will help drivers avoid sliding off the road or hitting black ice. And when possible, stay home. Better safe than sorry!
Want to see a few of Chevy’s best tips for safe driving during the harsh winter months? Check out the video below!
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Another important tip we have for safe winter driving is to stay up-to-date on your scheduled maintenance. If your vehicle is due for a little bit of TLC, schedule a service appointment at Craig Dunn Motor City online today! Have additional questions for us? Feel free to give our team a call or drop us a line in the comments below!