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Winter Driving in Toronto: What You Need To Know

You never know what you're going to get each year when winter rolls through Toronto. Whether it's a mild winter season with a few rough days or a record-breaking year with tons of snow it's always a good idea to review some winter driving tips before hitting the road.   

Knowing how to handle any situation that may come your way will make your winter driving experience that much more bearable.

Do I Need Winter Tires? 

First things first, if you don't have winter tires you're going to need to look into getting a set. It's just a fact that if you get winter tires installed on your car it can significantly improve your car's performance and handling on the roads.

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What Can I Do To Plan Ahead?

Before venturing out into the unknown we recommend checking the forecast for the day so that you know what to expect. You can simply check your local weather channel, check, or dial 511. If the weather is really bad that day maybe consider staying home if you don't need to leave the house. Safety first!   Now that the frost and snow are slowly creeping in you'll need to factor in a few more minutes into your morning routine to scrape off your windows and remove any snow from your car. This simple step can make all the difference in your safety while driving from point A to point B.   

Is It Important To Service Your Vehicle Throughout The Winter?   

Just like it's important for us to go to the doctor for a check up the same thing applies to your car. You'll want to make sure that before winter hits that you check on the battery, oil, radiator, windshield wipers and, of course, the tires.   It doesn't hurt to bring your vehicle in just for a quick check to make sure that everything is in working order and ready to take on whatever the winter has in store.   

What Are Some Winter Driving Tips Everyone Needs to Know?

We know that you're a pro at driving, of course, but it doesn't hurt to brush up on some safe winter driving tips before the harsh snowy days arrive.  Here are a few quick tips for while you're out on the road:  
  • Slow and steady wins the race. People often drive a lot faster than recommended in the winter and can make the road dangerous for both them and other motorists. 
  • Avoid hard braking. If you end up skidding or sliding after braking takes your foot off the brake and try to steer into where you want to go. 
  • Leave plenty of space between the cars in front of you. Stopping in winter can take longer due to the icy roads, so you'll want to make sure you have plenty of time and space to stop.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. It might be tempting to read that text while sitting in traffic, but a moment spent looking away from the road could be fatal. Stay focused on the winter road and be aware of other drivers. 

Does All-Wheel Drive Work in The Winter?

If your vehicle has All Wheel Drive (AWD) you'll still need to remain vigilant about leaving space for stopping and staying focused on the road. Although your AWD car may help with accelerating under slippery conditions it's always recommended to still replace your all-season tires to winter tires.   

What If I End Up Behind a Snowplow?

We all know that feeling of ending up behind a snowplow on the highway and you just want to zoom on by because they're moving so slow. The safest thing for you, other drivers and the snowplow operator is to stay back for a safe distance from the plow and let it do its thing. Chances are that the plow will be done salting or plowing the road in less time than you thought and you'll be on your merry way.   

Who Do I Call In Case Of An Emergency?

If a situation ever does arise where you need assistance, but you are not in immediate danger it's best to contact the police's non-emergency line. Toronto Police's non-emergency phone number is 416-808-2222.   
Don't forget that at Stouffville Hyundai, we offer Hyundai's 24 Hour Roadside Assistance, which covers towing, battery boosts, flat tire changes, lockouts, fuel fill-ups, mechanical first aid and much more. If you ever get in a situation during the cold winter months definitely take advantage of this service and call 1-800-268-9958 for assistance.   
The air might be chilly and the roads might be messy, but with all of the information that we've provided you with today, you can navigate the city streets and highways with ease throughout this winter season.   
For more information on Hyundai's Roadside Assistance please contact Stouffville Hyundai at 1-888-449-9160. Book a service appointment online or give us a call at (905)888-7777.   
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