How to Adapt Your Driving in Ice and Snow?

Driving in ice

In Canada it is practically impossible to avoid driving on an icy road. When you hit a patch of ice, the engine of your vehicle can brake and block the drive wheels. In the case of front-wheel drive, this will cause loss of steering control; in the case of rear-wheel drive, the vehicle can start spinning around. In such event:

  • Move the gearshift lever into the neutral position (N);
  • Avoid sharp steering wheel motions;
  • Your best safety option on an icy road remains slowing down and equipping your car with tires that offer maximum grip.

Driving in snow

Good snow tires—but also your driving skills and sound judgment—are your best options for winter driving.

  • First of all, slow down and always maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead.
  • Remain alert to detect patches of black ice, especially on bridges and under interchanges.
  • Start braking sooner than usual on a snow-covered roadway.
  • Do not pump on anti-lock brakes but rather apply them firmly. If your brakes are not equipped with an anti-lock system, apply them by locking them and releasing them only long enough for steering your vehicle.

And remember—reduced tire inflation pressure does not increase traction in winter. To grip properly on the roadway, your tires must be properly inflated.

 

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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.

Durability

Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.

Comfort/noise

Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.