Safe winter driving tips
Wet leaves = ice! Wet leaves can make the roadways unexpectedly slippery which can make the conditions as hazardous as when they have snow or ice on them. Leaves tend to gather by the curb so use caution in these areas. Wet leaves can also mask road imperfections such as pot holes as well as road markings so always drive (and cycle) with this in mind. Slow down!
Due to the amount of rain at this time of year, the chances of hydroplaning are greatly increased. Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of your tires builds up faster than your car's weight can push it out of the way. Avoid hydroplaning by keeping your tires inflated correctly and try to drive in the tire tracks of the cars in front. When driving or cycling in wet weather, be aware of other vehicles that might be hydroplaning to avoid collisions. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety the difference between an ordinary driver and a good driver is the following: An ordinary driver reacts to the road situations. A good driver anticipates crises and avoids them.
It is a good idea to keep your winter driving kit in your back seat rather than the trunk. Should you end up in a ditch, you may not be able to access the trunk. To find out more about winter driving and for tips on what a winter driving kit should include please, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
- RRU’s JOHSC Committee