Chapter 10: Poor Driving Conditions

In this chapter

    You are responsible for keeping full control of your vehicle at all times, even under poor driving conditions.

    • Start out slowly and gently test steering and braking conditions.
    • Reduce your speed to suit ice and snow conditions, and remember that even snow tires can slide on ice or packed snow.
    • If your vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes, apply steady brake pressure without locking the wheels and losing steering control. This is sometimes referred to as threshold braking. If your vehicle does have anti-lock brakes, apply full brake pressure and hold. You will still have some steering control. Check your owner’s manual for the best advice to follow for your specific braking system.
    • Increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you according to road conditions. Remember that in winter your vehicle requires a greater stopping distance.
    • Be alert to pedestrians at all times as well as slippery patches, bridges (which may have slippery surfaces), blind intersections, snow plows, graders, etc.
    • Keep windows and windshields clear of ice and snow, and make sure your defroster and windshield wipers are working properly
    • Keep your lights on.