Winter Tips for Holiday Travel

December 17, 2014 – Saint John, N.B.  – As many Atlantic Canadians make plans to travel over the holidays, CAA (Atlantic) is reminding travelers about the importance and benefits of preparing for the winter travel season.

On the Road:

“In our region it’s essential that drivers take the necessary precautions to ensure safe road travel during the winter months,” says Gary Howard, Vice President of Communications for CAA (Atlantic). “This is especially important to remember this time of year, as holiday travel often coincides with unpredictable weather.”

CAA (Atlantic) offers the following tips to keep in mind while on the road this holiday season:

  • Let others know your itinerary and route before you travel.
  • Put winter tires on your vehicle, regardless of the anticipated snow accumulation in your region.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone (and charger) to call a friend or roadside assistance if needed.
  • Take your car into your local service technician to have it maintained for the change in seasons. This could 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.
  • In the event of issues with your vehicle, do not leave it on the side of the road.

“At this time of year road conditions can become dangerous quickly and without warning. We want to make sure people travelling for the holidays make it to their destination safely,” says Howard. “Adjusting your speed to weather and road conditions, and allow for plenty of space between you and other vehicles.”

Drivers are also encouraged to purchase or assemble a winter driving kit for their vehicles to ensure they are prepared in any circumstance. Suggested contents include:

  • Warm winter gloves, hats and boots
  • Blanket or extra clothing
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter
  • Small shovel
  • Ice scraper and/or snow brush
  • Water and snacks
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • First aid kit
  • Hard copy local map (not just a GPS device)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Flares and waterproof matches

In the Air

  • Book your flights early in the morning. If there are weather or mechanical related delays you have other options as the day progresses.
  • Check in early to avoid long line-ups.
  • Do not pack gifts in carry-on luggage as they will have to be unwrapped at security.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and always keep your luggage close to you.
  • Be nice. It’s the holidays and everyone – including airline staff – is trying to get home to their families.

For more winter travel tips, visit www.atlantic.caa.ca/advocacy/safe-driving/winter-driving.

About CAA

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is a federation of nine clubs providing more than six million Members with roadside assistance, Member Rewards and comprehensive automotive and travel services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its Members, including: road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For more information contact:

Gary Howard
Vice President, Communications
CAA (Atlantic)
ghoward@atlantic.caa.ca
506-654-6554

Claire Ryan
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA (Atlantic)
cryan@atlantic.caa.ca
506-343-5425

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