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Tips for winter driving from Transport Canada

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Rush hour commuters make their way along highway 40 in Montreal on November 23, 2011. While some parts of the country have already been hit with a first blast of snow, now is the ideal time for everyone else to get ready for the coming challenges presented by winter driving, say experts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Some winter driving tips from Transport Canada:

— Install four matching winter tires

— Pack an emergency kit, which can include an ice scraper and brush, shovel, booster cables, extra windshield washer fluid, a cloth or roll of paper towels, a blanket, extra clothing and footwear, food, a first aid kit, matches and a "survival" candle in a deep can, maps and a flashlight

— Learn and practice winter driving techniques

— Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads

— Remove all snow from your vehicle

— Travel with a fully charged cellphone