Winter in many parts of the world is a life-and-death situation and never moreso than when you’re embarking on a road trip. Everyone should take some basic precautions and Huffington Post gives us a starting point. Here are 5 of their 10 points (do you have any to add?):
1. Get a tune-up. It’s always a good idea to make sure your car is in good working order before the streets get icy, especially if you’re planning on logging some winter road trips. A good mechanic will know what to look for, so you can hit the road knowing that your car is leak-free and your belts and hoses are in good shape. Be sure to ask for an oil change, too, while you’re there.
2. Check your battery. Get it load-tested, especially if your car is a bit older; it’s harder for your battery to hold a charge in cold weather, so a weak battery and freezing temperatures are a risky combination. With the proper resources, you can learn to boost and check a your own battery within minutes.
3. Bring extra windshield washer fluid. Visibility is key when driving in snowy weather, so you definitely won’t want to run out of windshield washer fluid. Make sure it’s winter washer fluid that can stand up to sub-zero temperatures.
4. Be prepared. Stock your car with winter must-haves like ice scrapers, wiper fluid and jumper cables.
5. Pack an emergency kit. Even if your car is in tip-top form, you may still get side-tracked by factors beyond your control, like crazy snow storms. Hopefully your car won’t get snowed in anywhere, but in case it does, make sure you’re prepared with a shovel and sand (or kitty litter) to dig yourself out, as well a first aid kit. It’s always a good idea to throw in some warm blankets, bottled water and snacks, too, in case you’re stuck for a while.
Check out Transport Canada’s video for even more ideas about what to include in your winter driving emergency kit.
Stay warm, stay safe and have a safe trip.
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