November 29, 2016 7:20 pm
Updated: November 29, 2016 7:48 pm

Newcomers aren’t the only ones adjusting to winter weather

WATCH ABOVE: It's a similar scene every year. Drivers sometimes forget how to adapt to ice and snow. Slippery roads can be tough for everyone but it can be even tougher on those who have never seen snow before, let alone driven in it. Krista Sharpe reports.

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It’s time to yield to Mother Nature because it looks like winter weather has finally arrived.

Between midnight and 10 a.m. CT Tuesday, Regina police said there were 23 collisions already reported.

Winter weather isn’t easy to navigate, and it’s even more difficult if you’ve never even seen snow before.

Isha Bhanot has only been in Canada for six months and is learning to adapt to Saskatchewan’s snowy conditions.

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“It’s the first time I’ve seen so much of snow, in my life.”

She had her full licence in India but now, is learning to drive on the snow and ice.

“It’s pretty different because there I was taking a three point turn and it was difficult to take the break there and the speed. I have to compromise with the speed also,” she said.

Although she still has some learning to do, driving instructor and owner of Royal Driving Academy, Ron Buddecke said so does everyone.

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“Most of them are good drivers if they have driven in their own country. If they’re brand new drivers, they are just like anybody else,” he said.

Buddecke said new immigrants from warmer climates are not used to slippery conditions. However, he notes that on the first snow fall, some born and raised Canadians forget basic rules too.

“Slow down, that’s the secret to being safe. Slow down for fog, visibility, snow, rain,” Buddecke said.

“Just slow down,”

Isha said some parts of driving in Canada are easier, adding that the speed limits are slower in Regina. She also said honking is heard much less often.

“Driving in India is very different because we have the other hand side driving, and then we have dedicated left turns, dedicated right turns, slip roads, roundabouts, so rules here are totally different,” Bhanot added.

She has only been in Canada for six months, and has only experienced two snow falls. She said she has been lucky enough to not have to clean off the car yet. She leaves that work to someone else.

“No, my husband. He is a nice guy, really nice.”

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