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AMA has some tips for winter driving

Last Updated Nov 11, 2018 at 11:18 am MDT

Winter driving conditions (PHOTO: dan_prat on iStock)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It’s once again that time of year when drivers need to adjust to wintery conditions at times on the road.

The AMA‘s Ron Wilson says it seems every year it takes at least a few weeks for motorists to remember how to drive in the winter.

“People get used to driving with dry road conditions. Maybe people are in a hurry and they don’t plan as much as they should and all of a sudden things change and you need more planning more time when winter comes,” he said. “It’s just a matter of adapting and it usually takes people two or three times before they’re ready to adapt.”

And with a fresh dusting of snow, he’s got some tips for drivers.

“One of the things you want to do is give yourself extra time to get places. You want to drive to the conditions and what that means is the maximum speed posted is under ideal conditions. So… if you see a sign that says 50 you wouldn’t want to be driving 50 because the roads would be too slippery.”

Wilson adds be sure to give yourself some extra time and keep a safe distance between you and the other vehicles. He also recommends getting winter tires and to make sure you’ve got that windshield wiper fluid filled up to the top before you head out.

-with files from Amar Sodhi