Tips to Prepare for Winter Road Conditions

Tips to Prepare for Winter Road Conditions

SAINT JOHN, NB – Snow has now begun appearing in many parts of Atlantic Canada, and it’s important to get ready for slippery and sometimes unpredictable driving conditions.

“As Atlantic Canadians, it’s essential that we take the necessary precautions to ensure that we and our vehicles are ready for the winter driving season,” said Gary Howard, Vice President of Communications for CAA Atlantic. “Thinking and planning ahead can be the key to avoiding a roadside breakdown or a more dangerous situation.”

To be prepared for winter driving conditions CAA recommends the following:

  • Let others know your itinerary before you go out on the road.
  • Strongly consider putting winter tires on your vehicle, regardless of your area’s snow accumulation. Rubber in all-season tires starts to lose elasticity and harden at around 7°C, significantly reducing the tire’s ability to grip the road. Winter tires harden at around -40°C, allowing them to maintain elasticity in much colder temperatures.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone to call a friend or roadside assistance if needed.
  • Take your car into your local service technician to have it maintained for the seasonal transition. This service can include having your battery inspected for wear before the start of the season and ensuring the right grade of oil in your vehicle for optimal winter use.

Prepare the driver: Let’s avoid the “Great Canadian Memory Loss” where Canadians forget what it is like driving in bad winter weather. Adjust your speed to weather and road conditions. Allow plenty of space between you and other vehicles. You will need extra stopping time and space so pace your speed and distance accordingly.

“Canadians should also invest the time in preparing a winter driving kit for their vehicle” said Howard. “The absence of a winter driving kit tells us people aren’t as prepared as they should be. Winter driving kits help make sure an inconvenience doesn’t turn into a tragedy.”

Suggested contents of a winter driving kit include:

  • Warm winter gloves, toque and boots
  • Blanket or extra clothing
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter
  • Small shovel
  • Ice scraper and/or snow brush
  • Snacks for energy
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • First aid kit
  • Hardcopy local map (not just a GPS unit)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Flares & Waterproof matches

About CAA

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.8 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service complete automotive and travel services, Member rewards and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its Members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For more information, please contact:

Gary Howard
Vice President Communications
Phone: (506) 649-6288; 1-800-471-1611
Fax: (506) 649-6890
Email: ghoward@atlantic.caa.ca

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