Tips for Driving in Ottawa During Winter

I have learned driving by listening to my instructors and everyone around me. Roads of Ottawa are not easy to conquer especially during winter. There are all sorts of situations that you can learn to handle only if you have experience driving on the roads. I have learned all the following tips on my own and applied them as well.

  1. If you are new, then explore the region well during summer. Keep exploring during your spare time so it’s easy to remember things during winter.
  2. Form estimates inside your brain in terms of when the Amber light is going on. NEVER drive through the intersection if the Amber light is on. I opened precognitive dreams during sleep; and, thus I learned how to make smart guesses about traffic lights while driving. I can sometimes guess when it is going to turn Amber by keeping an eye of when it is Green and then counting the time from there onwards. I don’t know how I can still do this trick while driving in snow.
  3. Keep an eye on the lights of the nearest intersection as well as the next intersection.
  4. Start braking slowly when the light turns Amber and always brake from a significant distance from the car ahead of you.
  5. Turn around the intersection with low speed like 5 or 8 km/h. It’s more slippery near the intersections and hence there is a stronger chance of losing control of your vehicle.
  6. Keep de-icing liquids like Pure Vinegar or Windshield Washer Fluid inside your car. Also keep large paper towels. This technique helps when it is snowing so hard that heating for 15 to 20 minutes and scraping the ice does not do anything to remove the fog from the Windshield, Back Glass, Door Mirrors, and Windows. In such cases, dip the towel with de-icing fluid and manually wipe whichever part is impeding visibility.
  7. Keep an eye on the car that’s just behind you. If you have just happened to cross halfway through the intersection but a Red light has gone on and you feel that you cannot cross, then you should be able to immediately reverse back. The intersections here are difficult and other cars don’t always wait for a loner car that’s crossing through the Red light.
  8. Get Wiper and Windshield covers. Avon sells them for less but I am sure retail shops have these too.
  9. Get a thorough car check including Fluid Check, Filter Check, Battery Life Check, and Engine Diagnostic as well as Oil Change before winter starts.
  10. Ask people if you are stuck in a situation. Today, a man got me out of trouble by saying, “Check Loblaws! They have de-icer Windshield Washer Fluid”.

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