Visions of navigating through snow, sleet and black ice are enough to convince most drivers to hibernate this winter. But for those willing to brave the icy roads, Tracey Poulin, health and safety manager for FedEx, offers drivers some safe driving tips and puts an end to a number of dangerous winter driving myths.
Myth # 1
There is no difference between all-season tires and winter tires
False - There are many different types of tires available for all kinds of climates and conditions. When preparing for a change of season, consult the experts and have them recommend the most appropriate tires for your vehicle.
In winter, accidents usually happen during storms.
False - During a storm, drivers tend to drive a lot more carefully, but when the weather is good, people take more risks.
Myth # 3
Thanks to my anti-lock brakes, I can brake without danger, which isn't the case with traditional brakes.
False - The nature of anti-lock brakes means that stopping distances may be longer than with traditional brakes.
Myth # 4
Nothing beats a nice wide tire for driving in snow.
False - Wide tires tend to float on top of the snow, unlike narrow tires, which provide a better grip.
The letters M+S (mud and snow) on a tire show that it is a winter tire.
False - The letters M+S may also appear on all-season tires which, despite their name, are not recommended for winter driving
In winter you should keep your distance and leave at least five car-lengths between yourself and the car in front when driving at 100 km/h.
False - Transport Canada recommends leaving a distance of 10 car-lengths when driving at 100 km/h in winter.
More information is available online at www.fedex.ca.
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