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Winter Safety Driving Tips

Driving in snow

Winter driving can be challenging for even the most experienced drivers. Poor visibility and the presence of snow, slush and ice are extra hazards we normally don’t have to deal with. Using safe driving and the correct tires can make driving in winter conditions easier.    

Driving Tips

  • Tune up and winterize your vehicle
  • Clean snow and ice off your vehicle and ensure your headlights and windows are clear
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination
  • Reduce your speed and turn on your headlights
  • Drive defensively
  • Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead of you
  • Leave 50 meters distance between your vehicle and the City's snow clearing equipment

Safety & Preparation Tips

  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, to prevent getting in the way of snowploughs.
  • Always ensure that children are accompanied by an adult when walking on City streets.
  • Advise children to refrain from playing on the streets.
  • Ensure that you have snow shovels, salt and de-icers to deal with winter conditions.


Your vehicle’s tires should be suited to your specific driving needs. The tires you need depends on when, where and what you drive. Find more detailed information on winter tires before purchasing tires.

Consulting your local tire retailer can make your winter driving experiences safer and less stressful. A comprehensive list of Lower Mainland can be accessed at the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association.

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