Winter driving can be dangerous especially in this snowy weather. Its important to take extra caution on the roads.
Prepare for Bad Weather in Advance of your journey:
- Make sure to clean snow, ice and dirt off your car’s roof, hood, windshield, mirrors, headlights and tail lights
- Plan ahead: check the weather and road conditions before you leave
- It might be time to get a winter car service from a mechanic to make sure everything is in working order
- Get your car mechanic to check your battery for sufficient voltage, amperage and reserve capacity and tighten connections.
- Check your cooling system to ensure that you have enough coolant and that it’s designed to withstand winter temperatures.
- Fill your windshield washer reservoir and add an anti-freeze substance
- Check that your windshield wipers and defrosters are functioning properly
- Inspect your tires for proper pressure, tread, and wear and tear
Prepare an emergency kit that includes:
- Jump leads
- A shovel
- Windshield scraper and small brush
- Extra clothes and blankets
- First aid kit
- Tow chain or rope
- Road salt and sand
- Emergency flares
- Standard car tools
- Fluorescent distress flag
- Keep your fuel tank as close to full as possible.
- Drive slower than normal and leave extra room for braking.
- To avoid skidding, try braking gently .
- Stay calm if you do skid. Ease your foot off of the accelerator and steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go until you regain control of the vehicle.
- If the weather gets really bad, consider pulling over (only if its safe to do so).
Preparing yourself with the right gear, the right safety checks and the right information can help drivers of all types stay safe on the road during snowy and freezing conditions.
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