I love clearing snow off my car and getting into an ice cold vehicle. Said no one ever.
Let’s face it, winter driving is a bit of a chore. It’s also the most dangerous time of year to drive with the elements stacked against us in every single way—ice on the roads, heavy or drifting snow and fewer daylight hours are just a few of the obstacles we face in the Great White North. Inevitably, as soon as the first snow falls each year, people forget how to drive. It’s our responsibility to not let that happen. Even if you’ve been driving forever, it’s important to brush up on the basics every single year.
My husband says it to me every time I leave the house. Drive the conditions. As much as I’m at the eye-rolling point with this advice after 13 years, I would be lying if I didn’t say that it plays in my head whenever I get in the car. That means in the winter I’m extra cautious about driving because there are too many unknowns out on the road. It also means being proactive and taking steps to ensure my car is ready for the road. Yes, it sucks clearing snow off my car, but I don’t want to be responsible for someone else getting in an accident because I was feeling lazy that day. We’ve seen far too many accidents this year because of that very thing.
Recently, I joined Ford Canada on a weekend escape to Mont Tremblant. While most of the weekend was about getting Back to Basics, we also had a crash course in winter driving. I even learned how to fill up the windshield washer fluid. I have not divulged this information to my husband yet. He’s on a need-to-know basis. Other valuable tips included stopping using anti-lock brakes and what to do when stuck in deep snow.
Take a look at these great infographics Ford Canada shared with Life in Pleasantville. Be sure to bookmark and review regularly during the winter months. Finally, if you really want to improve your winter driving skills, contact your local Motorsport Club. They offer winter driving courses across Canada.