Your vehicle may be winter-ready but as the driver, you need to be ready, too – ready to drive on less-than-ideal road conditions by adjusting your driving techniques so you arrive at your destination safely. You can drive smarter by following these tips:
Know Before You Go
Check weather and travel conditions before heading out with AMA Road Reports. If the roads are poor, avoid driving if you can. Road Reports gives real-time traffic information, including wait times for Roadside Assistance and more.
Quick Tip: Allow extra time for travel and let others know your route.
Winter Driving Tips
Driving in winter can be tricky and requires a whole new way of thinking when manoeuvring on the road. Here are some winter driving tips from an AMA expert to help you drive safely and confidently during even the harshest Alberta winter.
Quick Tip: AMA Driving experts and educators can teach you smarter driving strategies, like threshold braking, steering techniques and how to get out of a skid. Register for the Winter Driving Course that combines online instruction with a 2 hour in-vehicle lesson or register for the interactive online only Winter Driver course.
Roadside Safety Rules
No matter how winterized your vehicle is or how safely you drive, you still may end up stuck on the side of the road. Should that happen, find out what you can do to stay safe until help arrives.
Quick Tip: Always keep a cell phone charger or backup power in your vehicle so you can call for help.
Emergency Roadside Kit
Never leave home without a roadside emergency kit stored in your trunk and you’ll be better protected no matter where you go. Watch the video to get your roadside emergency kit ready today.
Quick Tip: You can buy your emergency roadside kit at any AMA centre and get member-exclusive pricing.
Give Operators Room to Work
Always give snowplows room to work to prevent collisions and help them clear roads faster. Plows can impact visibility by scattering loose snow, so slow down, stay back and wait for the plow to move aside before attempting a pass.
In Alberta, it’s the law to slow down around tow trucks (and emergency vehicles) engaged in a rescue. Motorists must slow to at least 60 km/hour (or less if the posted limit is lower) when they’re in the lane next to a parked tow truck with lights flashing. On highways, try to move to the far lane to give operators room to work safely.
Quick Tip: 28% of collisions are caused by following too closely.