Car Safety! How to easily prepare now for winter driving

Don't get caught out in the cold...

Woman and child on side of road

Preparing your vehicle for winter driving,

Winter driving can be a daunting task in Canada. It’s not just low temperatures and snowy conditions that add a new set of challenges, but also earlier sunsets and decreased visibility. It’s important to be aware of these additional dangers and to be prepared for winter travel.

Thinking and planning ahead can be the key to preventing a roadside breakdown or a more dangerous situation. And, now is the perfect time to start preparing for winter driving.

Start collecting the following items today and store them in a safe place, such as the trunk of your car or the cargo storage in your vehicle:

  • Survival kit. Premade survival kits are available at many stores or online. They vary in size and content, but normally have a first aid kit, basic tools, nylon rope, and a pen and pencil.
  • Bottled water. In the event of an emergency, it is important to have clean drinking water available in plastic bottles, so they won't break if frozen (change every six months).
  • Energy bar. These high-energy foods take up a small amount of room and provide enough nutrients and calories to help with hunger during a long wait.
  • Foil blanket. These blankets are reflective “aluminized” survival blankets that can be used to retain body heat or to signal for help.
  • Matches. Keep waterproof matches in the vehicle for heat, lighting the candle and fire if needed.
  • Candle. Candles can be used for light, signalling or fire starting.
  • Jumper cables. If your car battery dies, jumper cables will allow you to boost your vehicle and get safely back out onto the road.
  • Flashlight. Make sure your flashlight has working batteries. Flashlights with a charging crank are also available and could be an option.

These items will give you a great head start on safely preparing for winter driving. Always remember to drive safely according to road conditions, take your time and be prepared for all winter travel.