winter driving tips

Planning your Winter Road Trip

Posted by on Feb 02, 2017 in Personal Safety Tips

Do you know what you need for your next winter road trip? It’s important to be prepared for any road trip, especially if it takes place during the winter months.

If you are planning an upcoming adventure, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is ready for any sort of Canadian weather! Here’s what you should have in your vehicle:

1. Food & Water: items such as granola and energy bars that won’t expire as well as bottled water that will not crack if frozen.
2. Extra layers: it’s handy to have extra sweaters or a few blankets stored in the vehicle.
3. First Aid kit: make sure that is properly stocked!
4. Shovel and snow scraper/brush
5. Sand, non-clumping kitty litter and/ or salt
6. Extra windshield washer fluid
7. Whistle/road flares
8. Jumper cables and tow ropes
9. Fire extinguisher
10. Candle and matches

You can find a printable version of this list on the Government of Canada website.

What should you do in case you actually do get stuck?

The best thing to do is stay calm and follow these steps:

– Try to stay calm and don’t go out in the cold. Stay in your car: you will avoid getting lost and your car is a safe shelter.
– Don’t tire yourself out. Shoveling in the intense cold can be deadly.
– Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
– Keep the engine off as much as possible. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow.
– If possible, use a candle placed inside a deep can instead of the car heater to warm up.
– Turn on warning lights or set up road flares to make your car visible.
– Turn on the ceiling light; leaving your headlights or hazard lights on for too long will drain the battery.
– Move your hands, feet, and arms to maintain circulation. Stay awake.
– Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders. Try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat. (Government of Canada, 2017).

How to drive safely in the winter?

To stay out of trouble during your winter road trip, try to follow these winter driving best practices:

– Slow down and make sure you’ve kept a safe distance between you and the vehicle/stop/traffic light ahead of you.
– Closely monitor the weather and change your plans accordingly, we all know that Canadian weather can change on a dime!
– Be cautious and try to avoid braking, turning, or accelerating on slippery surfaces when possible.
– Be cautious and follow local weather reports for black ice.
– Ensure that your vehicle is in proper working condition, this includes brake checks, working windshield wipers, and investing in winter tires. Having winter tires on your vehicle could even help you save on auto insurance.

It’s time to pack your bags; you are ready to hit the road!

Related Posts

Testimonials

"I know all my insurance needs are covered with Oegema, Nicholson & Associates. I have been a loyal client for the last 15 years, and I can count of them for my commercial insurance, employee benefits, as well as my personal insurance and finances. Jeff Richer always goes above and beyond to help me with my insurance needs."
O-Omkar Atwal, Owner, Leitrim Home Hardware
"It’s always a pleasure to deal with Oegema, Nicholson & Associates, and I can depend on them for all my insurance needs. I have been a client for several years and whether it’s regarding my personal insurance, or anything to do with our employee benefits or commercial needs, I know I’m taken care of."
R-Rhonda, Capital Dodge
"I would like to thank Carol for everything she has done for me and my family over the years. It is my honest belief that we would not be in the position we are in if it was not for her guidance, expertise and honesty. We can't begin to thank her enough."
T-Tim
"ONA helps me with my personal insurance and my business insurance . They are my one stop shop when it comes to insurance and group benefits. I know I’m covered in all areas. Great friendly service and knowledgeable staff!"
J-James Carriveau, President, Exact Interlock and Exact Properties
"One call to Oegema, Nicholson Associates is all it took. After our basement flooded, within a day or two they had a crew cleaning everything up, taking down the drywall and itemizing everything to be cleaned, thrown out or restored. They had everything in place for us in a timely manner and were extremely patient with me as they talked me through the process and waited for me to make decisions."
J-Jennifer Parks, Stittsville, Ontario
"I’ve been dealing with ONA for over 20 years with my personal insurance, as well as our commercial insurance, and I know I can rely on them for great customer service, and prompt responses. I feel confident not only referring them to my employees, but to our customers as well."
C-Charlene Brunet, President, Dan Murphy Ford
Oegema, Nicholson Financial Inc.
1453 WOODROFFE AVENUE
613-686-6338
Ottawa
1451 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1W1
Manotick
5526 Manotick Main Street P.O. Box 149
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1W1
Almonte
154 Bridge Street P.O. Box 749
Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0
Russell
243 Castor Street
Russell, Ontario K4R 1B8
Orleans
3-3809 St. Joseph Blvd.
Orleans, Ontario K4A 0Z8

Request More Information