Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays – Prepare for Driving Weather
December 20, 2013
The holidays can be a little stressful with last minute shopping, decorations, groceries and travel to see all your family members on time. The weather can also play a huge factor on your stress level and road conditions are just so unpredictable. So… our gift to you this year is some safety tips on driving and weather conditions so you can enjoy all the holidays have to offer.
- 1. Know where you are going beforehand, plan ahead, GPS search before starting your drive, listen to the radio for any accidents or road closings, let someone know your route.
- 2. Make sure you have a safety kit in the car which includes: Food that won’t spoil (energy bars) – Water (plastic bottles that won’t break if frozen) – Blankets – Extra clothing and boots – First Aid Kit – Seatbelt cutter – Small Shovel – Scraper and snowbrush – Candle in a deep can and matches – Wind up flashlight – A whistle – Roadmaps (you may not always have power) – GPS – Compass – Sand, Salt or cat litter – Antifreeze and Windshield Washer Fluid – Tow Rope – Gas in a gas can – Jumper Cables – Fire extinguisher – Warning light or Road flares – Car and Lock De-Icer – Maybe an extra key in your pocket (I may or may not have locked my keys in the car before)
- 3. Run your car for about 5 to 10 minutes so the engine is warm and running smoothly, clean snow and ice off of the car, make sure car lights are all working, top up washer fluids and anti-freeze and check that you have more than enough gas in your car.
- 4. Winter tires help out a lot for traction on the snow, and set your car to All Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive if you have that option. Remember AWD and 4WD aids in driving and starting acceleration but does NOT assist your vehicle’s braking ability.
- 5. GPS technology has changed and now reads when there are accidents and closures, shows you up to the minute length of trip, and alternate routes. Look into these GPS devices
- 1. Accelerate gently, turn slowly and brake carefully and early, keep speed as low as practically possible. Watch pedestrian crossing warning lights as these will let you know that the traffic light will be turning yellow then red soon.
- 2. Be aware that bridges and overpasses freeze first so slow down before and avoid sudden changes in speed.
- 3. Steer clear of trucks, they are heavier and need considerably longer stopping distances. Their tires tend to spray snow and ice into parallel lanes which reduces your visibility
- 4. Increase your distance between you and the car ahead of you. Put your indicator lights on earlier to warn drivers behind you
- 5. Black ice is just like regular ice with a bit of a smooth glaze and very glossy. It forms most commonly at night or in early morning when temperatures are at their lowest. Usually forms on roads without sunshine such as a tree lined route, tunnel or roads less traveled. Also found on bridges, overpasses and under overpasses because the cold air wind can cool the water quickly. If you encounter a patch of black ice the general rule is to do as little as possible and allow the car to pass over the ice. Do not hit the breaks and keep the steering wheel straight. Slow down by lifting your foot off the accelerator or shift to a lower gear in a standard car. If you do end up off the road steer into an empty field, a yard or a fluffy snow bank.
- 6. Be prepared to use your ABS Automatic Braking System if you do not have this then pump the breaks on and off quickly during a slide to help slow down. If you just slam on the breaks and keep them down you will end up losing control of the car.
- 7. Be prepared for understeer and oversteer, and know how to correct when necessary.
Your 7 Day weather forecast:
Sat Dec 21 | 1 Degree Celsius | Freezing Rain | P.O.P 100% | Rain 20 to 30 mm
Sun Dec 22 | 2 Degrees Celsius | Freezing Rain | P.O.P 80% | Rain 2 to 4 mm | Snow 1cm
Mon Dec 23 | -4 Degrees Celsius | Variable Cloudiness | P.O.P 20%
Tues Dec 24 | -7 Degrees Celsius | Scattered Flurries | P.O.P 40% | Snow 1cm
Wed Dec 25 | -3 Degrees Celsius | Scattered Flurries | P.O.P 60% | Snow 1cm
Thurs Dec 26 | -2 Degrees Celsius | Mainly Cloudy | P.O.P 40%
Fri Dec 27 | -6 Degrees Celsius | Variable Cloudiness | P.O.P 30%
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