Bergens Auto Body is a family owned SGI Elite auto body shop and a Trusted Regina collision repair expert. From the moment you walk in the door you will be treated like family! We are proud to have over 80 Years Auto Body Experience, and have been serving Regina Auto Body needs for over 30 Years….In our latest blog we share some winter driving tips from SGI.
Winter Driving Tips
In Saskatchewan, it is possible that you could be operating your vehicle for at least five months of the year in winter driving conditions. It is in this period, from November to March, that most collisions occur.
Snow, ice and freezing rain reduce traction. Drifting and blowing snow, fog, whiteouts, gas exhaust clouds and frosted windows may severely limit visibility.
The main cause of collisions in winter months is failing to adjust to the changing conditions.
Preparing your vehicle
Winter conditions, plus the effects of extremely low temperatures, demand that a vehicle be in top condition. For this reason, a pre-winter check is a necessity, and in the end is less annoying and less costly than battery boosts, tows and being late. Give special attention to your heater and defroster.
As well as getting a tune-up and adding antifreeze to your radiator, you would be wise to have the following:
- snow tires
- block heater
- snow brush and scraper
- gas line antifreeze
- small snow shovel
- set of traction mats
- booster cables (know how to use them)
For out of town trips, add the following survival equipment:
- extra warm clothes (include footwear, mitts and hats)
- a supply of candles and matches
- tow chain or rope
- nourishing freezable food (raisins, nuts, candy)
- sleeping bags
Preparing to see and to be seen
If you cannot see through your windows, you should not drive. If your lights and signals are to protect you, they must be visible.
Before you drive, do the following:
- Brush the snow off your car.
- Scrape the windshield, rear and side windows.
- Clear your heater air intake (this is usually in front of the windshield).
- Clean your headlights, tail lights and signal lights.
- Be sure to clear your tissue boxes, sunglasses, papers, etc., away from defroster outlets.
- Drive with your headlights on at all times. Even on a clear day, swirling snow makes it difficult to see and to be seen.
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