Winter Driving Whitehorse YT
North York, ON
Driving in the Snow
Skidding out of control on icy roads toward a solid object is a decidedly unpleasant event. It is even more unsettling if the object is a roadside barricade meant to prevent vehicles from plunging off an adjacent cliff. The more disastrous scenario is that you have lost control of your 3,000-pound SUV during a snowstorm and are sliding quickly toward a subcompact filled with a pair of astonished parents and their terrified brood. Unless you have been trained in how to respond to a snow- or ice-induced skid, you will invariably succumb to what the experts call "target fixation." That is: focusing on your impending doom instead of taking proper evasive action. This will result in a crash.
Be Prepared for the winter
While there's no substitute for hands-on professional instruction and actual driving experience, Pearl offers the following tips to drivers in winter conditions. Be prepared before you set out in winter weather, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped, says Pearl. That means snow tires or chains in extreme conditions.
No. 1 winter driving error
Slow down: Driving too fast is the No. 1 winter driving error, Pearl says. "Read the road to choose the appropriate speed," he instructs. Slippery roads make every mistake happen faster and more dramatically. And don't think antilock brakes, stability systems or other vehicle control mechanisms will help you if you're sliding, Pearl warns. "If you're going too fast, you're going to go off the road and nothing's going to change that."