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TIRECRAFT Tips – Preparing for Winter Driving

With winter in full swing it is important to make sure you are as prepared as possible for winter driving. An emergency can happen at any time – running out of gas while on your way to work, puncturing a tire while on the way to hockey practice, or slipping off a snowy road while on the way to visit family. You never know what might happen, or what you might need… so it’s a good idea to always be prepared.

At the top of any safety list should be keeping your vehicle serviced. Ensure fluids are changed at the proper intervals and topped up where applicable, have your lights checked, wiper blades inspected, etc. to help keep your vehicle running in peak condition.

Being prepared also means having an emergency kit in your vehicle. A basic car kit that you can easily access for any difficult driving situations you may encounter. This kit should include:

  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Small shovel, scraper and snow brush
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets and extra clothing
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Water
  • Nonperishable food like granola bars
  • Sand or kitty litter for traction
  • Emergency reflectors and/or whistle to attract attention

Winter driving doesn’t have to be a challenge. By preparing for the worst before setting out on the road, thinking ahead about the weather and driving smart while on the road, you’ll have no trouble reaching your destination during the winter season.