Be Winter Wise - IBC Top 10: Tips for safe winter driving

​NOVEMBER 12, 2014 (TORONTO) – As the temperature drops and the roads become slippery, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds Ontarians to take extra precautions while driving.​

“Canadian winters can be dangerous for drivers if they’re not prepared for rapidly changing road conditions,” said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. “Taking the time to prepare for winter driving conditions and making safe decisions could save lives.”

IBC’s top-10 tips for safe winter driving include:

  1. ​Drive according to the road conditions.
    • ​​Heed the warnings from Environment Canada’s local weather offices.
  2. Tune up your car.
    • Check your vehicle’s battery, belts, hoses, radiat​or, coolant/antifreeze, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heater/defroster, ignition system and tires.
  3. ​Check the wipers regularly and carry an extra jug of windshield-washer fluid in your vehicle.
  4. ​Inspect the tires and check the​ tire pressure at least once a month​​​ in cold weather.
  5. Install four winter tires.
    • Winter tires allow you to stop up to 40% sooner than all-season tires and significantly improve your vehicle’s handling in winter weather.
  6. ​ ​Keep the gas tank topped up.
  7. Always carry an emergency kit.
    • Include extra antifreeze, a flashlight, batteries, blankets, a candle, matches, hazard markers, a snow shovel, an ice scraper and brush, the phone number of a local towing company, sand, booster cables and food.
  8. ​ Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  9. Bring a map or GPS and plan an alternative route.
  10. Carry a charged cell phone.

For more information on safe winter driving, visit​.​​

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