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.