TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Whether you are an experienced driver or
a new driver, winter driving can be challenging. National Safe Driving
Week is December 1st - 7th and Young Drivers of Canada is providing their top five winter driving
tactics every Canadian on the road needs to know to stay safe. These
are proactive driving tips as well as what to do if you get into
Road conditions can change suddenly with high winds, snow squalls, heavy
rain and dreaded black ice. Handling your vehicle in winter driving
conditions requires a higher level of concentration and an adjustment
in driving style. Young Drivers President Peter Christianson says,
"Reduce your risks on the road by driving defensively. Drop the
distractions and keep complete focus on the task of driving to steer
safely throughout this winter."
Young Drivers of Canada offers these 5 key defensive driving techniques.
Keep Space - Over 90% of all collisions are caused by driver error. In order to stay
out of collisions you need to keep space around your vehicle at all
times. Keep a space cushion in front, behind and on both sides in
order to always have an escape route open and be prepared to use it.
Increase Your Following Distance - Poor road conditions make it more difficult to stop. Increase your
following distance to 4 seconds and adjust your speed accordingly.
Emergency Stopping with ABS Brakes - ABS brakes are now common on newer vehicles in Canada. To maximize their
stopping power, hit the brake as quickly and as hard as you can. Stay
on the brake without letting up until you stop. You would only lift
off the brake if you were certain to hit something and you had the
opportunity to steer into space or something softer.
Emergency Stopping with Threshold System - If your car does not have ABS, threshold braking is your emergency
stopping technique. With threshold braking, you get on the brakes
initially about 80% so you shift the weight to the front of the car
then increase the brake pressure progressively. If a wheel locks up,
pull back a little on brake pressure.
Maintain Control When You Hit Ice - Remember two things if you start to lose control: shift into neutral (or
put in the clutch if you have a standard transmission), and take your
foot off the gas. Then look well ahead and steer immediately to keep
the vehicle straight. Once under control, steer in the direction you
want to go.
For additional winter driving tips or to sign up for winter driving lessons please visit www.yd.com.
SOURCE: Young Drivers of Canada
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