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Winter Driving Safety Tips

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2012) - As the temperatures begin to dip, we anticipate the beauty of the season, the fun of winter sports, and the celebration of coming holidays. Often what we don''t expect is the cold, ice and snow that can make driving conditions in any part of the country more stressful and dangerous. When it comes to driving in snow, your best defence is to be prepared with a few of our winter driving tips that will help to keep the roads safe for you and your fellow drivers.

When transitioning between seasons, we sometimes overlook making driving adjustments from summery conditions to slippery winter roads. Some key winter driving tips are: maintain a safe distance between other cars, as it may take twice as long (or longer) to stop on a slippery surface as it does a dry road; tap brakes softly rather than one hard push to avoid skidding; and climb hills in the highest possible gear to minimize the chances of losing traction and spinning your wheels.

One of the best winter driving tips is to be prepared. Always give yourself extra time to reach your destination so that you''re not a rushed driver. Before you head out, check road conditions and weather, and plan a route. Most importantly, prepare your vehicle for bad weather, which means having a charged phone to call 9-1-1 as well as an emergency kit. Recommended items include:

  • Shovel
  • Sand or other traction aid
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Booster cables
  • Road flares or warning lights
  • Gas line antifreeze
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Small tool kit
  • Extra clothing, footwear and a blanket
  • Non-perishable energy foods
  • Candle, matches and a small tin can

The most important step to prepare for driving in the snow is to ensure your car has winter or snow tires equipped while ensuring the rest of your vehicle is prepared for the season. This includes getting a maintenance check-up to avoid breakdowns while on the road, changing your wiper blades to enhance visibility, and installing winter tires that provide proper traction and handling through slush, snow and ice. Following these simple winter driving tips will give you peace of mind on the road and keep you focused on the matter at hand - driving.

Feel confident while driving in snow with Bridgestone tire technologies, the winter tires that provide traction under slippery, wet winter conditions. Designed to deliver a quiet and comfortable ride, Bridgestone winter tires are packed with technology to improve your driving experience and help to get you to your destination regardless of what the weather may be. When you shift into this season, turn to the tires that are trusted for winter driving; trust Bridgestone.