A rural winter road at sunset

It’s no surprise that road conditions drastically change when the cold weather arrives. Everything from reduced visibility, slippery conditions and rapid weather changes all play a part in creating a potentially dangerous driving experience. Proudly serving our customers in Timmins and Northern Ontario, we here at James Toyota want to provide you with ample information about how to stay safe on the road this coming winter. Continue reading as we’ve compiled a few tips to keep in mind when driving in inclement winter weather conditions.

Winter Driving Safety Tips 

  • Slow down.

Winter road conditions can be unpredictable. One minute you’re driving on newly plowed roads and the next minute you may find yourself driving on slippery black ice. By maintaining a slower than usual speed, you give yourself extra time to notice upcoming changes on the road ahead.

  • Schedule extra time for commutes. 

You never know what can happen on the road after a fresh coating of snow or during a bout of freezing rain. Anything from accidents, road closure or stranded vehicles can hinder your commute. By scheduling extra time for your commute, you can avoid the stress and frustration of rushing because of the looming possibility of being late.

Winter road
  • Be wary of driving near snow plows

Snow plows are a necessary part of ensuring that roads remain accessible to the public during the winter months. That being said, snow plows tend to drive slower than usual, travel in groups and in some cases blanket the road with salt that can damage your vehicle’s exterior. Allow for plenty of space between snow plows and your vehicle, don’t try to overtake snow plows and be patient.

  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles

Winter road conditions can prove to be slippery and unpredictable. By maintaining ample space between you and the vehicle ahead, you allow for a greater amount of stopping distance for your vehicle. This added distance can be the differentiating factor of whether you end up in an accident or not.

  • Consider winter tires

Most cars are sold with all-season tires as standard equipment. Although the name may lead you to believe that these tires are well-suited for all-seasons, they’re actually designed for peak performance during the warmer months. The compounds used for winter tires are meant to withstand colder temperatures and maintain adequate traction on the road. As a rule of thumb, once the temperatures dip below 7 degrees Celsius, it’s a good idea to install winter tires on your vehicle.

By following the tips listed above, you can practice safe winter driving during the upcoming cold weather months. Maintaining a heightened level of caution and allowing for ample driving time is beneficial for the safety and longevity of your vehicle. Considering purchasing winter tires for your Toyota or off-make vehicle? Our parts and service departments would be more than happy to assist you.