5 tips for driving in the ice safely

Avto 23 January, 2018
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    Frédéric Mercier

    Monday, 26 December, 2016 13:40

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018 11:13

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    The freezing rain, which fell at Quebec in the night from Monday to Tuesday, has left the ground extremely slippery, making travel by car or on foot.

    In this context, the best thing to do is to reduce his movements to a bare minimum.

    Here are some behaviors to adopt in order to remain safe.

    Deglaze your car

    Even before taking the road, take the time to remove snow and ice from your vehicle. The windows, the lights and the lights should mostly be clear. This will allow you to see and be seen. It is important at any time, and it is even more so in a situation of freezing rain.

    Photo special collaboration, Mathieu Bordage, hunter storms

    Reduce your speed

    It makes sense, but for some drivers, unfortunately, still need to do remember. When the climatic conditions are difficult, reduce your speed could help you avoid a serious accident.

    A few minutes late to get to your destination safe and sound, don’t you find that it’s worth it?

    Keep your distance

    With the ice on the floor, you will need a lot more space to brake. By keeping a greater distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you, you give yourself every chance of avoiding a collision if an emergency situation should arise.


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    Avoid sudden movements

    Freezing rain can quickly transform the floor into a skating rink. Nothing less. In such a context, be sure to be very gentle with the steering wheel and not to make a quick movement. They may send you directly in the decor.

    Avoid braking unnecessary

    A little bit of brake on black ice is enough to make you lose control of your vehicle. Unless you really need it, avoid pressing on the left pedal. Prioritize rather a defensive driving that you will slow down gently by releasing just the accelerator.

    By adopting smart driving, the ice will become suddenly much less dangerous.

    Be careful!