It’s that time of year again. The temperature is well below zero, snow is falling, ice is forming and, as a result, the roads and highways can be more treacherous than usual. Extra care and attention can help avoid any mishaps or accidents during the winter season. Here are some general safety tips which you might find useful:
1. Before getting on the road, clear all snow from your vehicle, including making sure your windows, mirrors, lights and roof are all clear of snow.
2. Make sure your vehicle’s windows have defrosted and are clear before you depart.
3. Wear comfortable clothing which will not restrict your movement behind the steering wheel.
4. Wear warm clothing in case you need to get out of the vehicle unexpectedly at some point.
5. Call 511 to get updates on provincial highway conditions.
6. Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. The kit can include such things as a flashlight, shovel, blanket, candles, matches, energy bars, and a cell phone charger.
7. Try to keep a full tank of gas as much as reasonably possible.
8. Ensure your windshield washer fluid levels are topped up. Also, check to make sure your windshield wipers are not frozen or blocked by ice or snow.
9. If you are in accident or other emergency situation, call 911. You may also wish to consider calling a Personal Injury Lawyer.
10. Finally, keep your cool at all times. Do not panic. And do not rush to get anywhere. Reducing speed during the winter months can help avoid accidents.
Happy winter and safe travels.