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The Weather Outside Is Frightful, But Advance Preparation and an Abundance of Caution Can Help to Keep Your Family Safe

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Imagine you and your family have just completed an epic day of skiing, snow tubing, and sledding at Cypress Mountain. You are tired from all the fun and eager to get home. However, a winter storm has begun to rear its ugly head once again. Although the extra layer of newly fallen snow was welcome during the tubing and sledding, driving home in it can be worrisome.

Advance Preparation

As you pack the kids into the back seat and start to warm up the car, you take comfort in the fact that your car is prepared for winter storms. You have already made sure that:

  • The brakes are in good condition
  • You have plenty of gas in case you get stuck
  • Your  tires are in good condition and the treads are not worn
  • The heating system works
  • You have a stocked winter emergency kit

Safe Winter Driving

Once the car is warm and everyone is buckled in, you start to make your way slowly back towards downtown Vancouver. The snow is thick and the roads are slippery, so you take your time, keeping in mind the following safety tips:

  • Stopping distance doubles when it is icy, so keep 80 meters between you and the cars around you.
  • You need to be visible, so make to turn on your low-beam lights.
  •  Passing can be extremely dangerous, so be patient and only pass when necessary.
  • Keep the wheel steady—sudden, jerky movements can cause the car to swerve or slide off the road.
  • Do not slam on the brakes—apply steady, even pressure instead.

Advance preparation and safe driving can make all of the difference in winter weather. If you found this article helpful, follow us on Twitter to continue receiving important safety and car accident information.