Winter emergency car kits can save lives; start preparing for winter driving in Ontario
Winter is quickly approaching, and with it comes new challenges for Torontonians who drive throughout the city, or on one of the many highways. Snow, slush, black ice, and colder temperatures can make your daily commute dangerous, leaving you more likely to be stranded on the side of the road, or worse, in a collision. A simple winter emergency car kit can help save you time and money should you run into winter road trouble and help avoid collisions that can result in serious and life-changing injuries.
There are several items every driver should include in their winter emergency kit. Prepare for cold weather and remember that there are a number of measures you can take to ensure safe driving each and every day. Follow these simple winter driving tips, and use your checklist to ensure your winter emergency car kit can address issues as they arise.
Before you pack a winter emergency car kit, prepare your car for winter with this checklist
There are a number of ways that can you can prepare your car for winter in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
- Properly install winter tires well before winter weather arrives. All-season tires don’t have the proper treads to help drivers stop quickly on slick or icy roads. As fall arrives, ensure that you make the switch before the first snowfall.
- Get your car a maintenance check-up with a local mechanic. A properly working vehicle can help avoid surprises and keep you safe this winter driving season.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread remaining. Worn-out tires can reduce a vehicle’s ability to stop, especially during winter weather. Regularly check your tire’s pressure once a week to promote safe driving habits.
- Change your wiper blades to winter blades to ensure that you can maintain visibility in even the worst winter storms. New blades can improve visibility and help drivers react more quickly to incidents on the road. Visit a local mechanic if your wiper blades are not working properly.
- Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is topped up and even consider an extra jug in your car. In snowy conditions, windshield wiper fluid can help prevent the build-up of snow and ice, helping you maintain visibility during challenging winter weather.
- Every time you drive, take time to clear snow and ice from your vehicle. Snow build-up on your windshield or windows can reduce visibility or create distractions for other drivers. Promote safe winter driving and clean off your car every time there is a build-up of snow or ice.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged in case of an emergency. Consider bringing along an extra phone charger cable or power bank to ensure you can call for help should you become stranded or are part of a collision.
- Running out of gas is never fun, and is increasingly problematic in winter. Keep your gas tank topped up.
What to include in a winter emergency car kit
Safe winter driving means extra planning, regular vehicle maintenance, and winter emergency car kits. These simple items can help you manage any of the challenges that can arise while driving in winter weather. Use this checklist as a reference:
- A few non-perishable food or snacks are a great idea to bring along, just in case you are stranded in a winter storm.
- Warm blankets or a thermal sleeping bag, just in case of emergencies.
- First-aid supplies including bandages and rubbing alcohol.
- Pack a fresh spare winter tire in case of an unexpected flat.
- Bring along a wheel wrench and jack in case you need to change a tire.
- Anti-freeze is great to pack as well to ensure your motor runs properly during frigid weather.
- In extreme winter weather, consider tire chains and gloves.
- A battery pack capable of jumping your car.
- Sand or kitty litter can help provide extra traction to tires in the event a driver gets stuck in snow or ice.
- A heavy-duty windshield scraper and snow brush.
- Extra windshield washer fluid.
- Warm clothing including an extra winter jacket or boots, along with hand warmers.
- Flashlight with backup batteries.
- Flares, matches, and a lighter.
- A small shovel to assist with digging out snow in your vehicle’s wheel wells.
With an emergency car kit in hand, consider these tips for driving in snow and black ice
Responsible winter driving doesn’t end with an emergency weather kit. Implement these practices into your daily driving routine to ensure you safely navigate any winter weather challenges that might arise in Toronto and surrounding communities.
- Never warm up or idle your car in an enclosed space such as a garage.
- Avoid the use of cruise control during snowy winter weather.
- Drive according to conditions and leave extra space in between other cars should you need to brake suddenly.
- Avoid slamming on breaks to avoid skidding or sliding.
- Refrain from sudden acceleration that can also prompt a sudden slide.
- Never stop suddenly, especially on a hill as it can result in your vehicle sliding backward
- When a major winter storm hits, consider avoiding driving entirely.
Winter emergency car kits and car accident cases handled by De Rose Lawyers
De Rose Lawyers is experienced in handling car accident cases across the GTA. Should you be at fault or a victim of a difficult winter car accident, ensure that you are properly represented and receive the benefits you are entitled to. Serious car accidents can have long-lasting impacts on you or someone you love’s quality of life, along with their ability to work. The consequences of poor winter driving are life-changing. You are not alone during these difficult times, let a team of experienced personal injury lawyers handle your case and act on your behalf.
Winter collisions can have devastating impacts on you or a loved one’s livelihood. Do not hesitate to contact us during an emergency. Call or email us directly to learn more about our personal injury and car accident case services.