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Tip No: 22 - Winter Driving
Shut off your heater/defroster controls at night to help stop snow and moisture from entering the system.

Before you set off, clean ice and snow off all windows, lights, hood and roof. Take care to clear the fresh air ducts, typically located at the back of the hood by the windshield. It will reduce fogging on the inside.

It can take 3 to 12 times longer to stop in wintry conditions. The distance between you and the car ahead is the most important factor you can control outside the vehicle. Leave more space than you normally would.

Be wary of shaded areas, bridges and overpasses. They freeze over first and thaw last; even long after the sun has come up. Watch for black ice.

In wintry conditions slow down, drive relaxed, and avoid abrupt steering, braking or acceleration.

In whiteouts or fog always use your low beams. If visibility is down to zero, slow to a crawl, put on your flashing lights, and get off the road to a safe area as soon as possible. Avoid stopping on the shoulder. Exit to a service stop, or similar "safe" area.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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