November 17, 2014

Are You Prepared for Winter Driving?

We have already seen the first snowfall in Southwestern Ontario and many drivers were not prepared for it. With the cold temperatures and snow continuing, it is time to make sure that you are prepared for winter driving. 

Snow tires make a difference when braking and driving in cold temperatures, especially when there is snow and ice on the roads. If you have not purchased or installed your winter tires, having them installed should be your first priority.

Last year, we saw many roads throughout Southwestern Ontario closed leaving people stranded in their vehicles. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has developed a list of items to include in your winter survival kits for your vehicle.

Recommended items include:

• Ice scraper/snowbrush
• Shovel
• Sand or other traction aid
• Tow rope or chain
• Booster cables
• Road flares or warning lights
• Fuel line antifreeze
• Flashlight and batteries
• First aid kit
• Fire extinguisher
• Small tool kit
• Extra clothing and footwear
• Blanket
• Non-perishable energy foods –
e.g., chocolate or granola bars,
juice, soup, bottled water
• Candle
• Matches or lighter

 

When you are driving, it is important to adjust to the conditions of the road. During the winter months, give yourself extra time to drive to your destination. This will ensure that you are driving at a safe pace for not only for your safety, but for the safety of other drivers on the road.

Thank you for driving safely this winter!