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Winter Driving Safety Meeting Series

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  1. Winter DrivingSafety Meeting Series

  2. Statistics

  3. Be Prepared – Drivers Checklist • Get your vehicle winter ready • Check the condition of your tires • Check weather and travel conditions • Long distance? – plan your route ahead of time • Wear comfortable clothing • Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors and roof

  4. Play it Safe! Severe winter driving conditions may make you nervous, uncomfortable or fearful. Stay off the road unless your trip is absolutely necessary. Proper preparation and the right skills will help you face the challenge of winter driving.

  5. On the Road • Visibility • Critical for drivers to see and be seen • Poor visibility – turn on full lighting system • Spacing • Takes longer to stop on slippery roads • Two second rule • Braking • Use braking system properly • Take additional training on driving skills

  6. On the Road • Skidding • Regain control of vehicle as soon as possible • Decelerate, foot off the brake, shift to neutral and then look where you want to go and steer in that direction • Snowy Roads • Snow packed roads can be as slippery as ice • Look far ahead so that you can react to a situation in time

  7. On the Road • Ice • Shaded areas, bridges and overpasses can have ice buildup sooner than in other areas • Slow down, foot off the brake and shift to neutral as your vehicle crosses what appears to be ice • Snow spray • Large trucks and buses can spray snow on your vehicle • Drive defensively and leave enough space

  8. On the Road • Stopping distance • In winter conditions, takes a longer time to stop a vehicle • 90 kph can take you on average of 700 feet to stop – or 54 car lengths • On a dry road, that would only be 120 feet • For large commercial vehicles, it would be almost 1000 feet to stop or 14 tractor trailers in length

  9. The Unexpected • If you get stuck or stranded, don’t panic • Stay with your vehicle • If you attempt to free the car, dress warmly, shovel slowly and do not overexert yourself • Draw attention to your vehicle – flashers, flares or a Call Police sign • Run motor sparingly to save fuel

  10. Winter Driving Survival Kit • Ice scraper and shovel • Sand or other traction aid • Booster cables • Road flares or warning lights • First aid kit • Extra clothing, footwear and blankets • Non-perishable energy foods *See page 7 for more items

  11. Answers to Winter Driving Quiz • 1c.Clean all snow and ice off all windows. Also remove loose snow from the hood and roof to prevent it from blowing up on the windshield or drifting over the back window as you drive. Don't be a peep hole driver, and ensure all windows are defrosted before starting out.

  12. Answers to Winter Driving Quiz • 2c.Snow tires do not loose their effectiveness at low temperatures. But remember they have limitations. As unpacked snow turns to ice and packed snow, traction is reduced. Tire chains and sand give you traction at temperatures closer to the freezing mark, but not at very low temperatures. Always approach ice or hard packed snow with care.

  13. Answers to Winter Driving Quiz • 3c.If you apply too much power you will just spin your wheels. Rather, use the "easy does it" approach when starting on icy surfaces. Clear away snow from around the tires and create traction. Rocking the car allows you to increase the distance traveled with each rock.

  14. Answers to Winter Driving Quiz • 4a.But stop short of locking your wheels. The best defence is to leave a greater distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, and to reduce your speed to decrease your stopping distance. Slamming your brakes could lock the wheels and produce an uncontrolled skid. However, with anti-lock brakes (ABS), c is a valid answer

  15. Answers to Winter Driving Quiz • 5c.Do not put on your brakes. Follow your natural impulse and steer to keep the car going in its original direction, but don't oversteer. When you feel the car regaining traction, start to straighten your wheels. Be prepared to handle a skid in the opposite direction.