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WINTER DRIVING SAFETY

CONFIDENCE IN ANY WEATHER

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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.

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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.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS

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.

ALWAYS APPLY

GENTLE BRAKING PRESSURE

on slick roads
REMEMBER TO

AVOID BRAKING ON CURVES

by driving through them at a safe, steady speed
GIVE YOURSELF 3X THE NORMAL

FOLLOWING DISTANCE

to react to any hazardous situation
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SENSING DANGER

There’s nothing as unnerving as starting to slide on an icy road. i-Activ AWD uses a sophisticated group of sensors to understand what’s happening on the road, in the air, and throughout the vehicle – including the driver’s intentions.

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FORWARD OBSTRUCTION WARNING

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.

DRIVING TIPS FOR BETTER TRACTION

When travelling on snowy roads, try driving outside of the previous tire tracks to give yourself some extra traction.
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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.


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