Preparing your car
Have your tires, wipers and batteryprofessionally inspected and replaced,if necessary, to handle sleet, snow, iceand cold. For more traction, considerwinter tires.
Stock up on emergency kits: one for thetrunk (shovel, sand, flares, warm clothes)and, in case of injury, one for the cabthat includes first aid gear, workingflashlight, heavy-duty scissors (to cutseatbelts) and a mallet (to smash glass).
Bring tire chains for more treacherousconditions. Chains are pretty simple toattach, but size-specific.
family safe on
Tanya Platt, emergency preparedness
consultant for Alberta Health Services,
the frozen streets and highways
By CHrIS BOWErMAN
*check out getprepared.gc.ca,which explains winter-driving safety in threeeasy steps: know therisks, make a plan andget a kit.
If you’re stuck in heavy snowfall, acandle can keep you warm for hours— but uses oxygen. Be sure to cracka window slightly (away from the wind)when burning a candle.
Keep the gas tank at least half full. Idlingand emergency rerouting can add hoursto your time on the road.
Travel with a fully charged cellphone.
Also recommended are waterproofmatches, water and some nutritious,non-perishable food.
Know your route and check for weatherwarnings to avoid trouble spots; in theevent of freezing rain, wait for road crewsto sand and salt.
Let someone know where you’re goingand when you’ll get there. Check in whenyou arrive.
Stick to daytime driving. Or simply don’tdrive when the weather turns nasty if youreally don’t have to.