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Winter Driving

Living in Northwestern Ontario, winter driving is a reality for many months of the year. Be prepared for winter driving by following these simple steps:

Tips from Government of Canada Get Prepared website
  • Slow down – drive appropriately for road and weather conditions
  • Get winter tires – winter tires provide additional traction in cold weather
  • Fill-up windshield fluid – make sure your washer fluid reservoir is full of winter washer fluid rated in the -40°C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in your vehicle
  • Keep the gas tank filled – Keep fuel tank at least half full, you’ll want to make sure you have enough fuel so you don’t end up stranded in the cold weather
  • See and be seen – Clear all of the ice and snow off of your vehicle, this includes the hood, roof, lights and windows. If it becomes difficult to see, find a safe place to pull off the road as soon as possible
  • Get an emergency car kit – be prepared for an emergency
  • Fully charge cellphone - when traveling, ensure your cell phone battery is fully charged. You never know when you may need to call for help
Tips from Transport Canada
  • Get your vehicle ready for winter
  • Watch the weather
  • Prepare for driving
  • Avoid collisions
  • Stay Calm

Emergency car kit should include:

  • Food that won’t spoil
  • Water in plastic bottles so they won’t break in the cold
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit with a seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper, and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can
  • Matches
  • Crank flashlight
  • Whistle in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan

Additional items to keep in your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
  • Antifreeze
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Booster cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or flares