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Taking The Stress Out Of Winter Driving

This morning I went outside to start our van….and it was not fun.  This might be because we do not have a garage, and we live in Manitoba.  Contrary to popular believe Manitoba only has 2 long seasons….construction season and winter….and we are known more for the latter.  So how can a mom be ready for what feels like the land of Hoth (Hubby claims this is a Star Wars reference).


There are a couple of preventative steps you can do to get ready for winter and take the stress out of winter driving.

First of all take your vehicle to a trusted service garage and get a winterization.  This will ensure your fluid levels are correct and winter ready.  They give it a good look through to ensure everything is looking and working well.

Check your tires.  Having good winter tires are essential for winter operations.  Your all seasons might look aggressive and can handle winter, but rubber can behave differently in winter making them slip when the rubber gets frozen.  Getting good winter tires will give you the grip you need in both ice and snow.

Now this tip is one that is often overlooked and can be a life saver.  Look at your headlights.  SYLVANIA is a leader when it comes to lighting and having top notch lights for your vehicle makes perfect sense.  When driving through the dark winter months you want to be able to see where you are going.  With SYLVANIA headlights you will be able to see father, wider and better with their SilverStar® ULTRA.  With the most download visibility, more clarity and a whiter light when compared to SYLVANIA BASIC halogen headlights, it makes sense that the more you can see, the more you can be safe.

And for a final tip, lets look inside your vehicle.  For starters get a good snow brush because when you have to start scraping, you will be thankful.  Also get a good shovel and some extra supplies that includes some food and clothing, because if you get stuck somewhere you want to be ready and prepared.

These are a few tips that you can use to get ready for winter.  Winter driving does not have to be scary, because if you are prepared and take your time, you will be just fine.



Karen Evans

Monday 1st of December 2014

Thank You for your review. Even though I don't drive, I can pass on some helpful hints to those who do. Thank You!! :)

bev reid

Sunday 30th of November 2014

All the tips are great. When traveling the Manitoba roads,you need to be extra cautious where ever you go.

Mary Jane

Saturday 29th of November 2014

Looks like a Great Headlight


Saturday 29th of November 2014

Winter driving can definitely be scary and stressful, especially when you have kids in the car.

Elizabeth Matthiesen

Saturday 29th of November 2014

I lived in MB for 4 wonderful years and now in Alberta for another 4 yrs and I have to say that no matter what winter driving IS scary. This morning I had to drive at about 40 km/hr on most roads (I was underways for nearly 2 hrs) to avoid spinning out of control on the icy roads - I'm hoping the roads are better when I head out again in about 30 mins.

Jody @ Mommy Moment

Saturday 29th of November 2014

Good luck on the roads. Stay safe!