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Winter driving tips for the holiday season

Winter driving tips for the holiday season

Driving home for Christmas? Planning to visit family in Ontario? You won’t be the only motorist on the move this holiday season.

The holidays are always a busy time on our roads. Lots of people are off work for Christmas, many are visiting family or friends and there are many more cars than usual on our roads.

That makes driving safely more important than ever!

Car Nation Canada wants everyone to be safe over the holiday season so we have some safe winter driving tips to share.

Prepare your car

We covered preparing your car for winter earlier in December but would like to reiterate just how important it is to make sure you’re ready. It doesn’t take long and could save you a lot of time, money and hassle.

Not only does preparing your car keep you safe, it can also help prevent breakdowns, or at least make them less likely.

Plan your trip

You may have driven to your destination a thousand times to visit family, but have you driven there in the snow? At Christmas when the roads are busier?

Look at the time of day. Check the weather. Look for road maintenance or closures. Make sure you know as much as possible about the route and the conditions you’ll be facing.

Time your trip

Once you have an idea of the roads and the conditions, you can make an informed decision about when to drive. I tend to leave at 4-5 am to miss the worst of the commuters and other people driving home for the holidays.

I can appreciate that not everyone wants to do that, but timing it right could make all the difference.

Watch for the return journey too

All the steps you take for the journey out should also be taken for the return leg. Also make sure to not drive early in the morning if you had alcohol the night before. Cops are very hot on drink driving over the holidays and even an accidental ticket is never good news.

Plus, safety.

Prepare for the worst

If you don’t already have a winter kit in your car, get one. That’s especially true if you’re travelling with children. A spare blanket and extra clothes could make all the difference if you break down and have to wait for a tow.

Adding a spare torch, phone charger, flask of tea or coffee and a bottle of water could also make a big difference. It only takes a minute to put together.

All of us here at Car Nation Canada want you to have a safe and happy holiday so be careful out there!

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