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WINTER DRIVING Dec 02

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2008, CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION OF TORONTO - SAFETY TIPS FOR A SAFE TRIP

 

 WINTER DRIVING TIPS

Is your vehicle ready for winter? 


 - Recharge or replace a weak battery. Clear away corrosion. Clean and tighten connections. Have the charging system checked.  A set of booster cables is great insurance to help not only yourself, but others.

- Make sure wiper blades are operational. Top up windshield fluid and clean the inside of the windshield.

- Ensure that headlights, sidelights, emergency flashers, parking lights, front and rear direction signals, tail lights and brake lights are functional. Make sure that headlights are properly aimed.

- Get an oil change and a diagnostic engine check up. Check other filters including fuel, air and transmission filters.

- Have brakes inspected. They must be equalized so that there is no pulling to one side or the other. Uneven braking may cause skids.

- Check the exhaust systems for carbon monoxide leaks.
Keep the gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze ups and running out of gas.

- Tires:  wheter you are opting for winter, snow or all-season tires, ensure they are in good condition, properly inflated and there is adequate tread depth. Properly inflate spare tires as well.

- Check heating and cooling systems. Make sure heaters and defrosters are working.

- Have the cooling system flushed if it hasn’t been done for a while - it should be flushed every two years. Check belts, hoses, pressure caps and the thermostat.

- A tune up will assist in preventing winter mishaps. But in case a mishap does happen, having an emergency kit will make coping with one a lot easier.
 
Avoid any unnecessary trips, but if you have to drive...

  • Slow down since driving slower allows more time for reaction and reduces stopping distances.

  • Look well beyond where you are and use mirrors to be aware of your surroundings.

  • Identify possible hazards well in advance.

  • Drive within the limits of the environment, your ability and the equipment you have.

  • Evaluate the need for driving, changing environmental conditions and road conditions.

 
Be prepared for an emergency

Consider keeping the following items in your trunk:


- First Aid kit including gauze, dressing, dressing tape, bandages, tweezers, scissors, safety pins, alcohol, wipes, cold packs, reflective rescue blanket and a First Aid manual.

- Flashlight with extra batteries. Jumper cables.

- Tow chain or rope.

- Flares or battery operated warning lights.

- Properly inflated spare tire, jack and wheel wrench. 

- Bag of sand or kitty litter and traction mats.

- Fire extinguisher.

- Blankets or sleeping bags.

- Blankets or sleeping bags.

- Ice scraper, snow brush and small shovel.

- Commercial de-icer.

- Tools - screw driver, wrench and pliers.

- Cloth or roll of paper towels.

- Non-perishable food items, such as a snack bar.

- Bottled water.

- Non-perishable food items, such as a snack bar.

- Bottled water.

- Maps and a compass (or a GPS)
 
- Matches and candles.

- Axe or a hatchet.

- Pocket knife.

-  Box of facial tissue. 

  • - For long distance trips, pack extra clothing, mittens, socks, hats and extra winter boots.
  • - Carry a cellular phone in case it is necessary to call for help. Use the phone only when a car is not in motion.

  • - For long distance trips, pack extra clothing, mittens, socks, hats and extra winter boots.
  • - Carry a cellular phone in case it is necessary to call for help. Use the phone only when a car is not in motion.

  •  - Keeping an extra key in a coat pocket may assist drivers who lock their keys in their cars during a chaotic situation.

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  • Source:  Ontario Safety League

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    If you are on the road

     

    While you are on the road, keep your distance and clear the windshield frequently.  Remember, it can take a car nearly twice tas long to stop on wet roads than clean ones.  And there's also the reduced visibility factor.

     

    Look ahead and anticipate situations so you can avoid sudden braking and sudden turns.  If something goes wrong and you end up in a skid, it's important that you regain control safely.  Take your foot off the brake, look at where you want to go and gently steer in that direction.

     

    Should I go or should I stay?

     

    If weather conditions are bad enough to make you uncomfortable or nervous, don't go out.  Travel only as necessary.  If you do decide to head out, make sure you give yourself extra time and check local news reports for up-to-date road and traffic information, so you'll know what to expect.

     

    Before you head out

     

    Before you even start your car, make sure you clear all the snow off windows, lights and roof.  This well help you improve visibility.  Make sure you have enough window washer fluid.

     

    Black ice

     

    Black ice is formed most often on bridges and shady areas, or areas with heavy tree coverage.  Approach these areas slowly, as they often freeze faster than the rest of the road, and stay frozen longer.  Slow down and avoid entering these areas at high speed, as you may lose traction.

     

    Don't panic

     

    If something does go wrong, don't panic.  If you are struck or stranded, stay near your vehicle - getting out on a busy road is a dangerous idea .  Turn on your vehicle's hazard light system to draw attention to your vehicle.  If you have a cell phone, call for help - and remember, it will be warmer in your car than outside.

     

    Patience and planning are your best defence against winter hazards.

     

    Source:  Auto Trade

     

    Take the Canada Safety Council Winter Driving Quiz

     

    SLOW DOWN

    STAY ALERT

    STAY SAFE

     

     

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    1) Ensure that your car is prepared for the winter months. You will want to check that your lights are properly functioning, the tires are fully inflated, and the windshield wipers are working. Ensure that all
    the cars fluids are topped up too.


    2) A well stocked emergency kit can be a helpful tool. Some items that should be included in your kit –bag of sand/salt, snow shovel, ice scraper, booster cables, blanket, first aid kits, matches, candles and food/water.


    3) Check weather conditions before you leave. Plan your route and time of arrival accordingly. Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle ahead of you.


    4) Warm up your vehicle before you leave, this is good for the car and will help reduce moisture condensing on the inside of the vehicle.


    Never warm up your vehicle in a closed garage or leave your vehicle unattended while running.


    5) If you have a cell phone, ensure that the battery is fully charged and ready for use in case
    of an emergency.


    6) SLOW DOWN in bad weather conditions, wet and slippery roads need to be given extra
    attention. Do not use cruise control.

     

     


     

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