The Guelph Police Service has some tips for preparing a vehicle for the winter season and for knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road. Those are keys to safe winter driving.
1. Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.
2. If involved in an accident, stay calm, move out of traffic, and find a safe place to wait for the police and emergency crew. Sometimes the safest place to be is in your car
3. Have a mechanic check the following items on your car: battery, antifreeze, wipers and washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, and oil level.
4. Maintain at least a half tank of gas during winter.
5. Keep these items in your car: flashlights with extra batteries; first aid kit with pocket knife; necessary medications; several blankets; sleeping bags; extra Newspapers for insulation; plastic bags (for sanitation); matches; extra set of mittens, socks, and a wool cap; rain gear and extra clothes; a small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels; asmall shovel; small tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver); booster cables; traction mats; cards, games, and puzzles; brightly colored cloth to use as a flag; canned fruit and nuts; a non-electric can opener, and bottled water.
6. Clean the windshield. Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal.
7. Dress warmly. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
8. Plan long trips carefully. Listen to the radio or call the Ministry of Transportation for the latest road conditions. When practical, travel during daylight and, if possible, take at least one other person along.