Seasonal Driving Tips

  • Slow down if driving on a road covered with leaves or snow,  especially if making turns
  • if your tires aren't all season, make sure to change them to winter or all season tires.
  • Make sure you have tire chains in your trunk 
  • Leaves hide potholes in the road so be extra
  • The rainy and snowy weather means that you have less traction. Please allow yourself extra time and space to make a stop
  • Beware of black ice Keep your tank at least half full to avoid a gas line freeze-up
  • Avoid using cruise control on sleek or icey surfaces
  • With shorter daylight, be mindful of children coming and going to school

  • Warmer weather brings out more bicyclists and motorcylists. Take special precaution as you share the road with more cyclists. 
  • Driving a motorcycle or bicycle? Wear brightly coloured clothing or safety vests, use lights, keep right and ride in single file. 
  • Warmer weather means more children playing outside. Take special care when driving near parks and schools, especially during after-school hours.
  • The changes in weather causes new pot holes to form. 
  • Heavy spring rains can cause mass melting of snow, which causes flash floods. If you come across a flooded area of road, you should turn around and look for an alternate route. 
  • Hibernating animals will be on the hunt for food during Spring. Slow down in areas or where animal traffic is known to be high. 
  • Winter tires should be left on until the ambient temperatures stay above 7 degrees Celsius.

 

  • High temperatures can aggravate cooling system. Check the coolant reservoir level regularly
  • Winter weather damages windsheild wipers. Make sure they don't need replacing. 
  • Look out for wet or white staining on coolant hoses
  • Make sure your fan isn't damaged 
  • Keep a pair of sunglasses in your car. Morning and afternoon glare from the sun can make it difficult to drive. 
  • Check tire conditions and pressures, adjusting for extra load if you are packing for a road trip and to make sure your tires are in good shape for long trip

 

  • Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the road.
  • A pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting place to a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children are playing.
  • Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid wet leaves getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades.
  • In order to avoid the possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system or catalytic converter, never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves.
  • Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around turns.