Safe driving tips from accident-free pros
(NC) Canadian winters can be harsh, cold and unpredictable. This is why many new and experienced drivers become stressed or worried when it's time to get behind the wheel during the snowy, slippery months.
A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association revealed that only 36 per cent of drivers carry a winter driving kit in their vehicle. This means that many of us aren't adequately prepared to deal with Jack Frost.
“The holidays are a busy time of year,” notes Dominic Porporino, the vice-president of operations at UPS Canada. “To ensure the season is also a safe one, it's important that drivers keep road safety top of mind and prepare themselves for winter driving.”
As part of UPS's commitment to road safety, the company has created a special distinction for an elite group of drivers – each with over 25 years of accident-free driving – called the Circle of Honor. Globally this group has driven over 8.5 billion kilometers; enough to circle the globe 212,000 times.
To keep drivers safe this winter, the Circle of Honor members offer these tips:
Get your car winter-ready in the fall – Prepare for a rough winter ahead of time. Have your car serviced to ensure that fluids are changed and topped up and that brakes are in proper working condition.
Purchase snow tires – Studies show that compared to regular tires, snow tires can dramatically improve your ability to effectively navigate your car through heavy snow and ice.
Pack an emergency kit – If you end up stuck in a snow bank or otherwise run into trouble this winter, it's important to have an emergency kit within arm's reach. Pack a winterized blanket, flares, first aid kit, wind-up flashlight, whistle, water and non-perishable food such as granola bars or crackers.
Give yourself extra travel time – Anticipate traffic and slower speeds during stormy weather. A trip that usually takes 20 minutes may take 40 in bad weather, so be patient and stay alert.
Charge your cell phone – In case your vehicle gets stuck or your car battery dies, you want to have a cell phone to call for assistance. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before getting behind the wheel.
More tips on safe winter driving can be found online at www.community.ups.com
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