Winter is on the way—Are you ready for safe driving?
As winter approaches, people prepare by bringing in patio furniture, raking up leaves and pulling out their warmest coats and mitts. Many folks also swap out their regular tires for winter tires and get the snow brush out of the basement. But to truly prepare for winter driving, there is a lot more than can be done. Here are some tasks to tackle now:
- Tune up: It’s a good idea to get your brakes, interior/exterior lights, antifreeze levels, wipers and battery checked to make sure they are all in good working order.
- Fill up: Make sure your windshield washer fluid reservoir is full of winter formula fluid, and keep extra fluid in the trunk.
- Fuel up: Get in the habit of driving with a decent amount of fuel. It’s easier on your vehicle in cold weather and is safer in the event your vehicle breaks down or gets stuck somewhere.
- Stock up: Keep a winter emergency kit in your trunk so you’re prepared for the unexpected. Transport Canada has a good list of what to include.
The Ontario Ministry of Transport has a great video that shares more tips on safe winter driving:
You can also put your winter tire knowledge to the test with this quiz: