Winter is in full force and this upcoming weekends forecast is calling for more snow. This means that Ontario Subaru drivers need to take extra precaution when driving. Driving according to weather conditions is also extremely important. Simply having winter tires on your Subaru does not mean you’re ready to tackle the winter roads. We’ve compiled a list of winter driving tips to help better prepare you for the upcoming winter storm were about to expect.
Check Road Conditions
If you’re planning on hitting the road this weekend, ensure you check weather conditions before you head out. At this time, the forecast is calling for large amounts of precipitation throughout the weekend, which will likely make certain road conditions unsafe. It’s smart to make sure you know what to expect before you hit the road.
Keep a Safe Distance
During snowstorms, there tend to be multiple snow plows on the road. They’re working day and night to make the road conditions safer for drivers. If you find yourself behind a plow truck, maintain a safe distance. From time to time, snow plows can create clouds of snow, potentially reducing visibility. It is important to keep a safe distance between any vehicle and always pay attention to the road.
If You Don’t Already, Get Winter Tires
Winter tires provide better traction, handling, and braking in colder temperatures. They’re designed for winter conditions, making it important have a set of winter tires installed during the winter months. Having winter tires will assist in reducing the likelihood of losing traction while driving in bad weather.
Give Yourself Extra Travel Time
It is important to factor in extra driving time during poor weather conditions. Drive according to road conditions and don’t rely on the estimated time of arrival on your GPS. Your GPS is not able to factor in weather conditions.
Avoid Cruise Control on Slippery Roads
When the roads are slippery it is easy to lose control of your vehicle. Having your cruise control set during poor weather conditions will only increase your risk of losing control of your vehicle. In the event of severe weather conditions, it is better to avoid driving altogether, if you are able to.
Before heading on the roads this weekend make sure you have a full tank of gas. Another safety precaution is having an emergency kit in your trunk. Many Subaru models have innovative safety features in each model but always drive according to road conditions. If your Subaru is not ready for the winter roads book a service appointment today. Subaru of Niagara, keeping safe what matters.