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Before, during, and after: driving through a Canadian blizzard

Before, during, and after: driving through a Canadian blizzard

There’s no denying that Canadian winters are beautiful. But when you have to get in your car and hit the road, that picturesque snow globe we call home can start to look a little less sparkly. Whether you’re a new driver or a seasoned veteran, take some practical precautions before, during, and after each winter drive or road trip to make sure you (and your vehicle) arrive safe and sound.

Before driving in a snowstorm
By now, you’ve likely prepped your car for winter and installed your winter tires, which are a couple of the most important things you can do to stay safe on the roads in the frosty months. But these measures alone don’t guarantee an easy drive, so take these five simple steps before you venture onto snow-covered streets:

A tip from Mother Nature: To reduce your impact on the environment, avoid idling for longer than a few minutes. Instead, consider using a block heater to warm up your vehicle’s cabin more quickly, reduce stress on your engine, and save fuel.

During your winter drive
When you’re on the road during or after a fresh snowfall, keep these pointers in mind for a safe and easy ride:

When you’re driving in fresh snow, remember that slow and steady wins the race — accelerating too quickly can make your wheels spin and cause you to lose control of your car.

After you arrive at your destination
Once you arrive at your final stop, turn off your windshield wipers — this will prevent them from moving automatically and getting damaged next time you start your car. You should also make sure that you’ve parked in an approved parking zone, as some municipalities have laws against parking on the street during the winter months, even just for a few hours. While this may seem inconvenient, knowing whether or not you can park on the street could save you from finding your car stuck in a snowbank after the plow goes by.
Consider these three post-park tips to prepare you for your next drive:

‚Äč‚ÄčEven with all the right precautions in place, we know that accidents happen. Want to learn how your car insurance can help warm you up in the event of an icy winter driving mishap? Reach out to your licensed insurance broker to find out.

If you have questions about your existing car insurance policy, contact your TW Insurance broker at 1-888-338-2685. If you’d like to get a quote for car insurance, connect with an TW broker today at 1-888-338-2685.