Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winter Highway Safety Information

Prepare the vehicle:
  • Get a complete tune-up in the fall. Check your tire pressure at least once a month.
  • Have your exhaust system carefully checked for leaks that could send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.
  • Check your radiator and hoses for cracks and leaks. Check anti-freeze and heater.
  • Make sure wipers are in good condition, and fill up on winter washer fluid.
Prepare the driver:
  • Make sure you have enough fuel. Keep at least half a tank.
  • Clear all snow from the hood (especially the air intake vents), roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of fog.
  • If you are forced to stop at the side of the road, put on your emergency flashers.
  • Carrying a cell phone gives you an edge in an emergency. A car charger for the phone battery, or an extra charged battery is also a good idea. But never use the phone while you are driving the car.
  • Give yourself extra time to travel, plan your route and let someone know your destination, the highways your will travel on, and when you will be expected.
  • Keep to the main roads. Avoid passing another vehicle when weather conditions are bad.
  • Wear warm clothing that does not restrict movement. Dressing in layers is always a good idea.
  • Pack a Vehicle Survival Kit and keep it in the trunk of the car at all times. And don't forget your cell phone and charger.
    • Recommended items:
      o Shovel
      o Sand or kitty litter - traction mats - tow chain
      o Warning light or road flares and flashlight
      o Extra clothing, hat, scarf, footwear and blankets
      o Emergency food pack and first aid kit
      o Booster cables
      o Ice scraper and brush
      o Extra windshield washer fluid
      o Fuel line antifreeze
If you become trapped in a storm don’t panic! The following steps can save your life:
  • Avoid overexertion and exposure. Shoveling and bitter cold can kill.
  • Stay in your car. You won’t get lost and you’ll have shelter.
  • Keep fresh air in your car. Crack open a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Run your engine sparingly. Beware of exhaust fumes and the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Ensure the tailpipe is not blocked by snow.
  • Set out a warning light or flares.
  • Exercise your limbs – keep moving and don’t fall asleep.
  • Wear a hat, as you can lose up to 60 per cent of your body heat through your head.

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