Auto winter driving

Tips for winter driving

Canadians know that winter driving can be treacherous at the best of times. Your best bet is to be prepared. Before you head out, check the local weather and travel conditions and carry a winter emergency kit in your vehicle — just in case.

If you do get stranded, remain calm and remain in your vehicle for safety and warmth. Call 9-1-1. If you have to wait for help, your emergency kit will come in handy. You can use the flares to draw attention to your vehicle. While you’re waiting, try to keep moving your arms and feet to maintain circulation, and periodically check to ensure that your tailpipe isn’t covered in drifting snow.

Items to include in a winter emergency kit

  • Ice scraper/snowbrush
  • Shovel 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
  • Extra clothing and footwear
  • Blanket
  • Non-perishable energy foods
    (chocolate or granola bars, juice, soup, bottled water)
  • Candle, matches and a small tin can
    (Not only can the candle and small tin help with lighting,
    but also generate some heat while waiting for help.)

Contact the staff at our local office for more safety tips.