As winter approaches, so does unpredictable and unsafe driving conditions. With that comes the inevitable, fender benders and your car not starting, but no one prepares for you for getting stuck in a snowstorm. Follow these 5 tips and you’ll be prepared if and when the worst does happen.
Winterize Your Vehicle
As winter approaches it’s important to check your tire tread, and if you can, get winter tires. In addition, put on your tire chains and have some traction mats in the trunk in preparation for winter. If you know you’re going to be doing a lot of driving this winter, whether it be highway or city driving, make sure to winterize your vehicle to ensure your safety.
Check Road Conditions
Using the highway hotline website provided by the Government of Saskatchewan enables you to with the ability to check the road conditions. You can call toll free at 1-888-335-7623 or visit their website where they’ll indicate a number of road conditions depending on where you are heading. They are as follows: seasonal driving conditions, winter conditions, travel not recommended, and a number of others. Using this tool is a great way to avoid driving in undesirable conditions and to steer clear (literally) of any car troubles.
If you’ve been stranded get out and check the tailpipe of the vehicle to ensure that it’s not being blocked by snow. Turn off the car to conserve gas, only turning it back on occasionally to keep warm. If you can’t get unstuck and there are no nearby buildings that you can stay in, turn your hazard lights on, and stay in your vehicle until safety arrives.
Call A Tow Truck
If you do happen to get stuck or slide into a ditch somewhere, the first thing you should do is call for help. If you’ve been injured, immediately call 911 first. Assuming that you’re safe and not injured, the best thing to do is call a tow truck. CAA or ABC towing are both very reliable sources within the Regina area.
Pack A Safety Kit
You could be stranded for multiple hours, packing a safety kit ensures that you’re prepared in the chance that this does happen. Having the following in your car safety kit is a good idea: windshield scraper, blankets, tow rope, jumper cables, and portable emergency roadway lights. Ensure that you have a tow rope and even a small folding shovel. I’ve even heard of people keeping and using a bag of cat litter to help give your tires traction.
Now that you’re equipped with all the tools and tricks, you’re ready to take on the winter weather. If you’ve checked the road conditions and they’re not ideal, but you have to drive due to work, ensure you’ve prepared yourself and your vehicle for the worst. Stay safe this winter!