Did You Know?: Winter Car Preparedness


The temperatures are dropping. Now is the time to make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter traveling.

Winter tires are a must if you drive when there is snow on the ground. A reminder that winter tires do not mean you have 4 wheel drive or vice versa. No matter what, safe winter driving means slowing down.

Inside your car you should have the follow:

  • first aid kit 
  • ice scraper
  • shovel
  • salt (or kitty litter) to put under your wheels if you get stuck
  • booster cables
  • flares
  • food and water (if you are travelling any significant distance an emergency supply of food and water is essential if you get stuck)
  • tea candles and matches (these can keep you vehicle warm but remember toleave the windows slightly open)
  • cell phone (even if you do not have a plan for the phone as long as, there is power and cell service you can call 911)

Always remember to tell people where you are going and when you will be getting back so that if there are issues they know to get help.

As an Authorized Training Provider of the Canadian Red Cross, all First Aid Ottawa Standard and Emergency First Aid courses are recognized by WSIB and its Federal counterpart the Canada Labour code. Visit us online at www.FirstAidOttawa.com or at 613-225-2727.

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