Preparing your car
Have your tires, wipers and battery
professionally inspected and replaced,
if necessary, to handle sleet, snow, ice
and cold. For more traction, consider
Stock up on emergency kits: one for the
trunk (shovel, sand, flares, warm clothes)
and, in case of injury, one for the cab
that includes first aid gear, working
flashlight, heavy-duty scissors (to cut
seatbelts) and a mallet (to smash glass).
Bring tire chains for more treacherous
conditions. Chains are pretty simple to
attach, 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 three
easy steps: know the
risks, make a plan and
get a kit.
If you’re stuck in heavy snowfall, a
candle can keep you warm for hours
— but uses oxygen. Be sure to crack
a window slightly (away from the wind)
when burning a candle.
Keep the gas tank at least half full. Idling
and emergency rerouting can add hours
to your time on the road.
Travel with a fully charged cellphone.
Also recommended are waterproof
matches, water and some nutritious,
Know your route and check for weather
warnings to avoid trouble spots; in the
event of freezing rain, wait for road crews
to sand and salt.
Let someone know where you’re going
and when you’ll get there. Check in when
Stick to daytime driving. Or simply don’t
drive when the weather turns nasty if you
really don’t have to.