Expert Advice for Safe Winter Driving in Calgary

Whether we like it or not, winter in Calgary consists of heavy snowfalls, freezing rain, sleet and fog. This is why we should constantly be reviewing our driving skills to make sure we understand what it means to drive safely in poor conditions, because being caught in an unsafe situation can be scary. 

Choosing the route you’ll take ahead of time and making sure that your vehicle is seasonally prepared are ways in which you can make your trip safer. It’s extra important to observe the posted traffic or road advisories to avoid collisions, but it’s important to remember that the posted speed limits are designed for ideal road conditions. Slow down more when driving on snow, ice, slush or rain. Other safe winter driving tips are checking the weather forecast before you leave so you can make sure you know what to expect once on the road. As well, clearing your windows, roof and lights from snow and ice will help you see clearly and not disturb your driving. And as always, getting those winter tires installed will help provide better traction, handling and braking for those poor winter conditions.

Staying Safe in Foggy Conditions

If you can’t avoid driving in poor conditions, you should at least know how to handle them. Driving in Calgary during the winter is a challenge for inexperienced and experienced drivers. If it’s foggy outside, slowing down is key. If you can’t see where you are going, slowing down is the safer option. Avoid using high-beam headlights in the fog as fog tends to reflect light, the best thing to use is low beams which are more effective. If you have fog headlights on your car, you should use them.

Poor visibility is the enemy during foggy driving conditions. If you’re absolutely unable to see or don’t feel confident driving, find a safe place to pull over that’s far away from traffic and turn off your lights and wait for the fog to clear up.

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