8 Winter Safety Tips
Winter’s in Atlantic Canada can be very unpredictable, one minute its 15 degrees and sunny, the next it’s a whiteout snowstorm. Leaving things to chance by being unprepared while driving in the winter affects not only your safety but the safety of others. That is why we wanted to share some winter safety tips to help everyone prepare and be safe for the upcoming winter season
1. Don’t Spin your tires if you get stuck in the snow
Stop spinning your tires and use a shovel or ice scraper to remove any snow or ice from underneath the tires. Pour sand or gravel (or salt if you have it) under the drive wheel tires to help improve your traction. Then turn off your vehicle’s traction control and try accelerating gently both forward and in reverse. If none of these work, call for assistance.
2. Know how to control your vehicle when you skid
Know what to do if you start skidding. If your vehicle starts to skid, take your foot off the accelerator, gradually turn your vehicle in the direction you are skidding and gently apply steady pressure to your vehicle’s brakes. Don’t pump them, as it may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
3. Measure tires for optimal pressure
Always keep your tires properly inflated and measure them regularly for optimal tire pressure. Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to decrease.
4. Check that your gas tank is at least half full for safer winter driving
Keep your gas tank at least half full because it gives you the added weight to the vehicle and also helps keep ice crystals from forming in your fuel line.
5. Winter-proof your windshields
Check your windshield wipers for cracks, which could cause streaks. Also, top off your windshield washer fluid regularly and keep an extra jug designed for cold weather in your vehicle.
6. Don’t let your cell phone cattery drain out for safety purposes
Keep your cell phone charged and keep a car charger handy in case you need to call or help.
7. Be prepared to jumpstart your vehicle
Keep a set of booster cables in your vehicle in case you or another motorist needs a boost.
8. Keep your car emergency kit handy
Keep first-aid and warning devices (road flares) in your vehicle. Make sure to replace items if you use them.