Driving in winter conditions

Most collisions in winter and early spring are caused from driving too fast, and following too close — which is also a major factor in casualty collisions in British Columbia.

The following tips will show how you can make a few adjustments when driving in bad weather.

  • Adjust your speed and slow down.
  • Drive at a speed so you can safely control your vehicle.
  • Leave some space — it can take as much as twelve times the normal distance to stop in icy conditions.
  • Never use cruise control on wet or slippery roads.
  • Look at least 15 to 20 seconds ahead and slow down if your visibility is reduced.
  • Use extra caution when approaching highway maintenance equipment and never pass on the right.

Before you leave, dress for the weather conditions, even on short trips. Clear your windshield, lights, mirrors and all side windows of ice and snow to give you proper visibility. And finally, keep your gas tank full to avoid the risk of codensation that may cause gas-line freezing.