Ready for winter Safety | Driving: from theory to practice

Some accessories can be very useful to face the winter (squeegee for the windshield, gloves, flashlight, new wiper blades, cloth to clean the headlights, shovel and, of course, jump cables) . Motorists whose vehicle is equipped with it, it should be remembered that air conditioning, which makes it possible to dry the air, is extremely effective in suppressing condensation on the windows.

Winter traffic specialists also recommend that motorists exercise caution and a sense of anticipation. If the snow and the rain spontaneously encourage one to ease off to use the engine brake rather than the brake pedal, the ice is much more devious. To detect it, we can rely on certain clues (white frost on the aisles, frost on the windshield, shiny ground).

It should be noted that the best way to reach your destination safely is to keep your distance. It is important to strictly adapt your speed to the visibility conditions. With 50 meters of visibility, you should in principle avoid exceeding 50 km / h.

In addition to the advice that comes under basic common sense (properly clearing snow from the vehicle, checking the level of the windshield washer fluid), it is useful to remind you of other precautions. When you can’t see anything, too few motorists think of turning on their headlights (daytime running lights do not systematically turn on the rear lights). Others think it wise to literally “weld” oneself to a vehicle going (too) fast and supposed to be able to play the role of pioneer, which remains a great danger.

Slow down your ardor

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Remember to always check the level of the washer fluid.

If you are afraid of ice, it is recommended to drive first in the right lane and, as much as possible, to stay there. Mistrust is particularly recommended around wet points such as bridges, undergrowth, ponds or rivers. By the way, cars equipped with a digital thermometer provide information on the air temperature, but not on that of the road (which can be a little colder in winter).

On snowy roads, you must have a very light foot on the accelerator as on the brake. It is therefore recommended to avoid stopping your vehicle on a hill or overtaking, especially when it comes to snow removal vehicles.

To avoid the traps that winter sets for us, it is better not to rely too much on certain driving aids. Intelligent cruise control, blind spot sensors or lane change corrector, not to mention semi-autonomous driving devices, are regularly knocked out. after a few kilometers by slush, snow or ice obstructing sensors or cameras.

Also, it should be remembered, the quality of the tires also has repercussions on the efficiency of these guardian angels such as the anti-lock device, the four-wheel drive or the electronic stability system. The effectiveness of all these devices intended to cling your vehicle to the ground is closely linked to the performance of these ground connections, the adhesion surface of which is equivalent to the paws of a bear.

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The “snow classes” are recommended to get a good feel for driving in winter.

You can talk about the art of driving well in winter, but nothing replaces experience in the field. To do this, why not register for a “snow class”?

There are a few financially accessible schools in Quebec, including Mécaglisse and Icar, or professional pilots like Marie-Laurence Paquin and Claude Bourbonnais. These will instill in you new knowledge or simply help you tame winter with confidence, without risk of causing damage.



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