Winter Driving Tips

Some tips on driving in our unpredictable Lower Mainland winters:

1. Winterize your vehicle.

2. Carry winter safety essentials

3. Check weather and road conditions along your route before travelling.

4. Before you start the car:

5. And use special care when driving:

Turn off cruise control

Hidden dangers at zero degrees

How to handle a skid

Getting out of a skid can be a little tricky. For one thing, the recommended techniques depend on whether your car has front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.

The best bet is to consult your vehicle's owner's manual—before the first snow—and see what advice it gives.

You need to steer gently "into" the skid by turning the wheel in the direction that your vehicle is skidding. This sounds counter intuitive, but it's the best way to regain control of your vehicle during a skid." Should you accelerate or not? Should you brake or not? This is where you need the advice from your owner's manual or manufacturer.

Once you have regained control, proceed with caution.

If you are stuck in snow

[Note: Check your owner's manual prior to beginning this procedure. If the instructions are different, follow the steps outlined in your manual.]

If you are stranded