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How to Stay Safe in Winter Road Emergencies

Even with our winter weather being slightly strange these past few years, snow and ice can still pose a threat to your safety on the road when you least expect it. If you find yourself in a sticky or snowy situation, here are some tips that will help you out.  

Pack a winter safety kit

    We recommend always having a safety kit in your car year-round including essentials like first aid, a flashlight, food, water, and traffic reflectors, at the very least. However, as seasons change, the risks of the road change too, and so do the items you should keep in your car in case of an emergency. For the winter, you may want to add your trusty ice scraper, extra antifreeze, a snow shovel and/or a bag of sand, a spare car charger for your phone, and extra warm clothes like extra socks, jackets, hats, or gloves. You might never need to use the extra items in your safety kit, but you never know when you might need them. 

Remember what to do in a winter road emergency

It’s always a good idea to refresh your memory on what and what not to do in case of an emergency on the road this winter.

  If you end up stuck and stranded, remember:

  • Don’t leave the area your car is in, snow and wind can lower visibility. If you walk too far away, you might lose sight of it. Plus, it’s cold out there!

 

  • Don’t run the vehicle for long periods of time. Turn it on in intermittent periods for long enough to stay warm (about 10 minutes) then turn it off again to reduce the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

 

  •   Turn on your hazards as well as your interior lights to attract attention and get help. 

        

Thanks for checking in, and stay safe out there! 

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