Winter Wonderland Road Trip Safety

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:

  1. Get a tune-up, to make sure your car is running well.
  2. Have your car’s battery checked.
  3. Put on snow tires.
  4. Make sure you have enough coolant.
  5. Take extra windshield fluid with you.
  6. Keep your gas tank at least half full, so your gas line doesn’t freeze.
  7. Be prepared with things like ice scrapers and booster cables.
  8. 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.
  9. Check your route for road closures and know the detours.
  10. 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!

Dale Orlando


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