Vehicle maintenance increases safety on winter roads

There are basic practices drivers in every province can do to make sure they are safe on the roads.

Weather conditions will vary across the country, but there are basic practices drivers in every province can do to make sure they are safe on the roads.

Motor Company of Canada  is committed to being an industry leader for safety and reminds drivers of the following winter driving tips:

Vehicle maintenance – Vehicles that have been regularly maintained according to their manufacturers required maintenance schedule should be ready for winter weather.  If not, a visit to the local dealership to catch up on your required maintenance will ensure the vehicle is ready for the season.

Read your owner’s manual – All vehicles have different characteristics that will react to winter weather differently.  This is a good time to check the manual for your particular vehicle’s winter driving tips.

Monitor tire wear – The three important aspects when it comes to tires is pressure, tread wear and age.

* Cold weather causes tires to lose pressure and become underinflated – meaning safety on the road is compromised. Check tire pressure regularly, especially when the temperature changes.

* The grooves in winter tires are about 30 per cent deeper than those in all-season tires, and they grip more effectively. All-season tires also start to lose their traction at around 8 C.

* Make sure your tires are in good condition, show no signs of irregular wear and have sufficient tread. If you see an issue, or are unsure what to look for have a tire expert inspect your vehicle to ensure you are confident and prepared for winter driving conditions.

* Old tires can be unsafe, especially in the winter. It is recommended that tires older than six years be replaced.

Slow and steady – Remember to slow down and leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Also, avoid abrupt moves – don’t stop, start, or change direction suddenly and you’ll maintain better control of your vehicle in inclement conditions.

Goodbye cruise control – Never use the speed control in slippery conditions. If the weather suddenly becomes hazardous while cruise control is engaged, simply disengage it manually or lightly tap the brakes.

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