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Winter Driving Tips
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"Think twice before driving on snow or ice!"

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Prepare the vehicle:

  • Get a complete tune-up in the fall. Check your tire pressure at least once a month.
  • Have your exhaust system carefully checked for leaks that could send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.
  • Check your radiator and hoses for cracks and leaks. Check anti-freeze and heater.
  • Make sure wipers are in good condition, and fill up on winter washer fluid.

Prepare the driver:

  • Make sure you have enough fuel. Keep at least half tank.

  • Clear all snow from the hood, roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of fog.

  • If you are forced to stop at the side of the road, put on your emergency flashers.

  • Carrying a cell phone gives you an edge in an emergency. A car charger for the phone battery is also a good idea.

  • Give yourself extra time to travel, plan your route and let someone know your destination and when you will be expected.

  • Keep to the main roads Avoid passing another vehicle when weather conditions are bad.

  • Wear warm clothing that does not restrict movement.

  • Pack a winter survival kit and keep it in the trunk of the car at all times.

    • Recommended items:
      o Shovel
      o Sand or kitty litter - Traction mats - Tow chain
      o Warning light or road flares and flashlight
      o Extra clothing and footwear and blankets
      o Emergency food pack and first aid kit
      o Booster cables
      o Ice scraper and brush
      o Extra windshield washer fluid
      o Fuel line antifreeze

If you become trapped in a storm donít panic! The following steps can save your life:

  • Avoid overexertion and exposure. Shoveling and bitter cold can kill.

  • Stay in your car. You wonít get lost and youíll have shelter.

  • Keep fresh air in your car. Open a window on the side sheltered from the wind.

  • Run your engine sparingly. Beware of exhaust fumes and the possibility of carbon monoxide.

  • Ensure the tailpipe is not blocked by snow.

  • Set out a warning light or flares.

  • Exercise your limbs Ė keep moving and donít fall asleep.

  • Wear a hat, as you can lose up to 60 per cent of your body heat through your head.