Westworld Saskatchewan

Winter 2014

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Avoid moving to the centre of the road when driving alongside a drop-off. Stay in the middle of your lane. Check avalanche warnings before you depart, along with other road conditions. Pay attention to avalanche- warning signs and don't stop in these areas. Many mountain collisions are caused by icy roads. Black ice forms in shaded areas, near open bodies of water, on bridge decks and in areas where drivers frequently brake and accelerate, such as curves. Watch for wildlife. Deer, moose, elk, mountain goats and big horn sheep are common sights on mountain roads. Your car's engine, cooling, transmission and braking systems work harder on hills, so only head into the mountains in a properly maintained vehicle. Fuel efficiency drops in winter, so monitor your fuel levels closely. Remote gas stations are often closed in winter, so refuel when your tank hits the halfway mark. Shift to a lower gear when going up or down a hill. This will allow your engine and transmission to aid in braking and accelerating. For the same reason, switch off overdrive. Install a set of four identical winter tires on your vehicle for improved traction. W For winter car care and driving tips, visit caasask.sk.ca/car-care-tips. 38 W e S t W o r l D | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 stesha ho Mountain Road Smarts drive smart Driving to B.C. or Alberta this winter? Your behind-the- wheel behaviour should change with your elevation

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