Michelin offers expert advice for safe winter weather driving

LAVAL, QC, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - With winter fast approaching, now is the time for Canadians to get their winter-weather driving skills in high gear. Driving on icy, wet or snow-covered roads requires sharp winter driving skills, and a good set of winter tires. Michelin Canada is teaching Canadians the dos and don'ts of winter driving with important tips that aim to keep them safe on the road.

The Michelin Winter Driving Academy (www.michelinwintercenter.com) is an interactive, online resource offering information on how to get vehicles winter ready and important tips to enhance winter driving skills.

"With safety as our guiding principle, Michelin created the Michelin Winter Driving Academy to help Canadian drivers better understand how to navigate the season's treacherous conditions," says Adam Murphy, marketing director for Michelin Canada. "We encourage experienced and novice drivers alike to visit our Academy site to learn how they can hone their winter driving skills. That way they can take on winter roads with confidence while they drive loved ones to meet family and friends this holiday season."

"Drivers need to understand and respect winter conditions," says Carl Nadeau, professional race car driver and Michelin Winter Driving Academy expert. "It's important to adapt driving to existing conditions, especially when facing winter hazards such as black ice and slush."

Examples of tips that drivers can find on the Michelin Winter Driving Academy website include:

  • Stopping distance, handling and performance are all improved when driving on four winter tires.
  • When the temperature dips below 7 Celsius, it is time to switch to winter tires, even if the roads are dry.
  • Tires lose pressure as the temperature drops, so it is important to check the pressure at least once a month.
  • If the vehicle in front of you loses control, brake while safely trying to avoid the accident. Rather than staring at the vehicle in question, focus on where you want to steer your own vehicle.
  • Make sure you always have at least half a tank of gas to avoid a frozen gas line.

SOURCE: Michelin Canada

For further information:

Media Contact: 

Sachin Deshpandé
Michelin Canada

Jade Lavallée Labossière
H+K Strategies
514 349-9090

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