Safety Involves Everyone
Stay alert, slow down and stay in control-the three key elements to safe winter driving. Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Don't take chances if the weather is bad. Give yourself extra time for travel, or wait until conditions improve.
Wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict your movement while at the wheel. Keep warm clothing for getting out of your vehicle.
Clear snow and ice from all windows, roof, lights and mirrors. After starting your vehicle, wait for the interior of the windows to clear of fag so you will have good visibility all around.
Make sure you travel with at least half a tank of gas.
Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and that it is rated in the -40 C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in the vehicle.
In a skid it's important to regain control of your vehicle especially if it skids sideways. To do this, take your foot off the brake, step on the clutch or shift to neutral then look where you want your vehicle to go and steer in that direction.
Try not to travel alone. Travel with another person or by convoy with another vehicle. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes. Travel by daylight and use major highways and roads. Make sure you take a fully charged cell phone with you.
STAY ALERT-- SLOW DOWN-- AND STAY IN CONTROL
Winter Driving Survival Kit
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- Several blankets or sleeping bag
- Extra newspapers for insulation
- Plastic bags (for sanitation)
- Candle and small tin can
- Extra set of mittens, socks and caps/hats
- Small sack of sand or other traction aid
- Small tools like pliers, wrench or screwdriver
- Booster cables
- Set of tire chains or traction mats
- Cards, games and puzzles
- Brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
- Canned fruit, nuts or hard candy
- Bottled water
- Ice scraper or snowbrush
If all possible, never leave without a fully charged cell phone.