Tips for Maintaining Traction on Slippery Roads

Wintertime presents drivers with a whole new set of challenges as if driving wasn't difficult enough. Snow, slush, and ice are all dangerous if we're not being careful and paying attention. Many of us in The Maritimes feel like we're good at driving in the inclement weather, but it's still good to know what to do. Here are our tips for maintaining traction on slippery roads.

It's safe to say that most of us have heard the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", and that applies to winter driving, as well. Maintaining things on your vehicle like windshield wipers, headlights, taillights, and signal lights are all going to have an impact on your safety while you drive.

Your tires are literally the only part of your vehicle that touches the road, so ensuring that, first of all, you have winter tires on is supremely important. You also need to regularly check your tire pressure and tread to ensure maximum traction and functionality. A properly inflated tire means more tread is on the road; more tread means better traction.

Drive thoughtfully, which means, drive for the conditions, keep your distance, and don't use cruise control. The most important thing when driving in bad weather is giving yourself the chance to stay in control, and the time to react if you lose it.

Given that anything can happen at any time, it's always best to be prepared. Keep an emergency kit in your car for those cases.

  • Flashlight
  • Paper towels
  • Blanket
  • Booster cables
  • Flares or triangles
  • Snacks

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Tips for Maintaining Traction on Slippery Roads

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