Winter is the most difficult driving season due to many reasons, including ice and snow at Hill Stations, lower temperatures and fewer daylight hours. During these conditions you should:
- Drive slower and increase your following distance. Road conditions may vary depending upon the sun, shade or road surface.
- Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle. Clear all windows, and do not start driving until your windshield is defrosted and clear. Be sure you have non-freezing windshield washer liquid and that your headlights and tail-lights are visible.
- Be sure your vehicle is maintained properly. Lights, brakes, windshield wipers, defrosters, radiator and other parts should be in good working order.
- Use snow tyres and/or chains (where allowed). Snow tyres give you extra traction, and chains increase safety on snow or icepacked roads. Neither tyres nor chains allow you to drive on bad roads at normal speeds.
- Start slowly. Gentle braking, in slow, steady strokes, helps you find out how much traction you have. Begin braking early when you come to an intersection or a stop.
- Approach bridges, shaded spots, overpasses and turns slowly. They may remain icy after the rest of the road is clear and dry.
- Plan your winter driving. Carry a blanket, food and other survival equipment, such as a shovel, in your vehicle in case you become stranded. If you become stranded, remain in your vehicle. Run your engine only for brief times, and open your window to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your vehicle tailpipe is free of snow and debris.