Canadians are among the most experienced winter drivers in the world, but harsh winter conditions can test the most seasoned drivers. With high efficiency wipers, an all-wheel drive system, proper winter tires and a powerful LED lighting system, you can handle the worst conditions. Proper winter driving techniques along with Mazda’s suite of safety technologies can keep you safer – even on treacherous winter roads.
Safety technologies like i-Activsense provide a constant state of alertness, analyzing the environment for risks and mitigating them while you enjoy a comfortable – and confident – journey. Think of i-Activsense as your trusted co-pilot and consult these winter driving rules to stay safe.
It's when you apply the brakes that cars tend to slide. Knowing your braking system and how it reacts on ice is key to steering clear of accidents.
Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) can help maintain the proper distance and will warn you when you get too close. If the system detects a high risk of impact, FOW alerts you with a dashboard indicator and continuous warning sound.
Mazda’s i-Activ AWD is designed to send just enough torque to the rear wheels to prevent slippage from occurring. By automatically adjusting between full front-wheel drive and full 4-wheel drive, it provides the best possible traction on any road surface. Once the system detects any amount of wheel slippage, it shuts down power to the spinning wheels and sends an appropriate amount of torque to the gripping wheels to counteract the loss of grip. Take your foot off the brake if you start to slide and turn your steering wheel in the direction you’re sliding. When the wheels regain their grip, brake firmly and smoothly.