Winter Driving Safety
Install four snow tires – don't depend on all-season tires
This will help maintain control and stability of your vehicle in slippery conditions. Make sure they are properly inflated, tire pressure decreases as temperatures drop and under inflation reduces grip.
In New Brunswick, you are allowed to have studded tires between October 15th and May 1st.
Before you leave your driveway
Scrape the ice and snow from every window and the exterior rear view mirrors, not just a small patch on the windshield. Don't forget to remove snow from headlights and brake lights. Be sure to check the windshield wiper blades.
Reduce your speed and increase following distance
In slippery conditions and use your brakes lightly. Remember condensation can freeze on the road causing a layer of nearly invisible black ice. Review how to react in the event of a skid.
Never drive while impaired by alcohol, drugs or fatigue
Always wear your seatbelt and ensure all passengers are buckled-up. Adjust your head rest to protect your neck in case your vehicle is struck from behind.
Keep your gas tank at least half-full
The extra volume can help reduce moisture problems within your fuel system and it also adds helpful weight to your vehicle. In rear-wheel vehicles, extra weight in the trunk or truck bed may be helpful. Use care – unsecured weight can shift while you are moving or if you stop suddenly.
Carry warm clothes and an EMERGENCY KIT in case you are stalled or have an accident
Some helpful items include: blanket, candle with matches, snacks, beverages (never alcohol), flares, cellular phone, a small shovel, flashlight, windshield scraping device, tow rope, bag of sand, long jumper cables.