Change driving to match winter conditions

Drivers should adjust driving behaviour to match conditions and address hazards

November 18, 2016
by Canadian Automotive Review Staff

From the October 2016 print edition

Road and weather conditions change quickly during winter. Drivers should be prepared to adjust their driving behaviour to match the conditions and address potential hazards, according to British Columbia-based organization Road Safety At Work.

On average in BC, the number of casualty crashes due to driving too fast for conditions doubles in December compared to October—roughly 236 crashes in December compared to 117 in October, the organization said. This trend extends to driving for work. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace death, and more crashes causing worker injury or death occur between October and February. The organization offers the following advice:

  • Slow down to a safe speed. Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions.
  • Install four matched winter tires that display the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol. Winter tires, or all-weather tires, offer the best traction for faster stopping time and shorter stopping distance in cold weather, snow, rain and on ice. In all conditions, winter tires must have a minimum tread depth of 3.5mm.
  • For employers and supervisors, online winter driving safety courses and tool kits provide information for planning, implementing and monitoring a winter driving safety program.

Even confident and seasoned drivers are at risk when winter road and weather conditions change. Whether you drive for work or leisure now is the time to prepare.