Travel Tips for Winter Weather

December 11, 2015 – Saint John, NB – As winter weather arrives in Atlantic Canada, CAA (Atlantic) is reminding motorists that it’s best to proactively prepare for winter driving.

“As Atlantic Canadians know, this is a time of year when roads can become dangerous quickly and without warning, but taking precautions ahead of time can help make conditions safer for everyone on the road,” says Gary Howard, Vice President of Communications for CAA (Atlantic).

CAA (Atlantic) encourages drivers to remember the following tips while on the road this winter:

  • 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 to your local service technician for a maintenance check with the change of season. This could include having your battery inspected for wear before the start of winter, and ensuring you have the ideal grade of oil for optimal winter use.
  • In the event of issues with your vehicle, do not leave it on the side of the road.

“These are just a few of precautions that drivers can take to set themselves up for safer travel during the winter months and especially with the unpredictable weather this time of year, when temperatures fluctuate and road conditions vary even in the same city,” say Howard. “It’s also important to keep your speeds in mind and allow plenty of space between you and the vehicles in front and behind you.”

Drivers are also encouraged to be prepared by keeping a winter driving kit in their vehicles, with items such as:

  • Warm winter gloves, hats and boots
  • Blanket or extra clothing
  • Bad 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 of a local map (not just a GPS device)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Flares and waterproof matches

Tips for air travel:

  • 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 by.
  • Be nice! It’s the holidays and everyone, including airline staff – is trying to get home to their families.

For more winter driving tips, visit atlantic.caa.ca/winter.

About CAA

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is a federation of nine clubs providing more than six million Members with roadside assistance, Member Reward 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.

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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