Written By: Dale Orlando
With winter here and snow soon to fly, many of us are planning road trips, eager to hit the slopes or cozy up by a warm chalet fire. We can’t control the weather, of course, but we can take steps to make our drives as safe as they can be. A recent feature in Huffington Post Canada offers some road trip safety tips:
- Get a tune-up, to make sure your car is running well.
- Have your car’s battery checked.
- Put on snow tires.
- Make sure you have enough coolant.
- Take extra windshield fluid with you.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full, so your gas line doesn’t freeze.
- Be prepared with things like ice scrapers and booster cables.
- Have an emergency kit that includes everything from first-aid supplies to kitty litter (to give you traction on ice) and a shovel. Check out Transport Canada’s emergency-kit assembly video here.
- Check your route for road closures and know the detours.
- Charge your cell phone; you just might need it.
You’re off and on your way, which is great, but you won’t be surprised to hear that, as personal injury lawyers in Toronto, we see a lot of accident victims. So, once you’re on the road, please remember these winter safety driving tips from the Canada Safety Council:
- Drive smoothly and slowly
- Never tailgate
- Brake before making turns
- Learn how to control skids
- Turn your lights on
- Don’t use cruise control
- Never “pump” ABS brakes
- Pay attention
Now, just one thing remains: Enjoy your winter get-away!