Ontario winters can be challenging for motorists. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, placing extra demand on your vehicle and driving skills.
Here are tips from Georgian’s Campus Safety Services on how you can stay safe this winter:
- Keep a survival kit in your vehicle: Include a shovel, booster cables, flashlight with spare batteries, First Aid kit, blanket and more. Learn how to build a kit.
- Check weather and travel conditions: Take responsibility for your personal safety when deciding whether to head out.
- Plan extra time to get to your destination: Notify a friend or family member of your anticipated arrival time.
- Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is topped up and you have a full tank of gas: The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road.
- Clear snow and ice from your vehicle: Include all windows, mirrors, lights and the roof. Wait for foggy windows to clear to avoid poor visibility.
- Keep well behind snowplows: Stay back and be patient. Don’t pass around or between them.
- Adjust your speed according to winter weather conditions: Better to be late than not to arrive at all.
- Make sure your cell phone is charged: You may need it in an emergency.
- Wear comfortable clothes: It’s good to layer during the cold months, but having too many layers can restrict movement (e.g., make it difficult to check your blind spot).
This article was originally published in November 2018. It was updated and re-shared in December 2019.