A friendly reminder and safety tips - it only takes 2 minutes to read.
Despite the recent abnormal warm weather, winter is just around us and waiting to ambush us. Be Alert, Be Prepared and Be Safe!
Adjusting to Winter Conditions
Ontario winters are challenging for all of us as drivers and motorists. Safety should be on top of our priority list. My effort is to make sure my friends and family are safe during the months of winter and to provide efficient winter maintenance service tips for my friends and family.
Weather conditions can be unpredictable, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Ensure you are well prepared for winter roads and always adjust your driving speed to existing conditions.
Preparing for Driving in Winter
Stay alert, slow down, and stay in control — the three key elements of safe winter driving.
Drive according to highway and weather conditions.
Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
Be Prepared — Is Your Vehicle Ready?
Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up. CHECK YOU TIRES FIRST!!!!!
Don’t wait for winter to have your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, tires, exhaust system, heater/defroster, wipers, and ignition system checked.
Make sure your vehicle is mechanically ready for the rigors of winter. Keep your fuel tank sufficiently full — at least half a tank is recommended.
Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir that is rated a minimum of -40°C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in the vehicle.
Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, and the roof. After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior of the windows so you will have good visibility all around.
Have your tires checked or replaced before winter begins. Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.
Winter Driving Survival Kit
It’s a good idea to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Having essential supplies can provide some comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded.
Recommended items include:
- Ice scraper/snowbrush
- Sand or other traction aid
- Tow rope or chain
- Booster cables
- Road flares or warning lights
- Gas line antifreeze
- Flashlight and batteries
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Small tool kit
- Extra clothing and footwear
- Non-perishable energy foods – e.g., chocolate or granola bars, juice, soup, bottled water
- Candle and a small tin can
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