Winter Safety – Driving Tips

Winter Safety Vehicle Tips

Winter safety is no joke, especially if you live in Canada. We continually have winter storms. Then it warms up; then it happens all over again. These weather changes are not suitable for any vehicle. We encourage everyone to get your vehicle inspected at the beginning of the season when you get your winter tires put on and again in the middle of the season. Double checking everything will help prevent breaking down. But sometimes things happen, so here are some winter safety tips if your vehicle breaks down.

Winter safety - car driving in snow conditions

The first thing is to pack an emergency kit in your vehicle.
Include mittens, a mini shovel, kitty litter, ice scraper, booster cables, a flashlight, first aid kit, matches, road flares and anything else you think you might need.

Warm Up Before Driving

Warm up yourself and your vehicle before driving. Warming up the car helps reduce moisture condensation inside your windows.

The Breakdown

If your car is broken down, the first step is to call for help. Run your engine occasionally for warmth, but make sure not to block your exhaust. Keep your windows clear of snow so passing drivers can see that there is someone in the car, and they may stop to help. If you do get stuck for a while, don’t forget to keep your circulation up by exercising and staying awake.

Driving And The Weather Changes

If the snow is coming down so much that you can not see, try to follow the tire prints in the snow or pull over for a bit while it dies down. If you end up getting stuck once you pull over, don’t tire yourself out shovelling, keep warm.

Our Last Tip

When you get thirsty, do not eat snow. Place the snow in a container and wait for it to melt, then drink the water. The snow will bring down your body temperature which won’t help to keep you warm.

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