Staying safe on winter roads in Canada

From black ice to snow drifts and white outs, winter conditions can make driving in Canada exceptionally challenging. Winter weather across the country can be extreme, that’s why it’s important to take a few precautions before you hit the road, so you arrive safe and sound.

Here are some tips, from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, to help keep you safe on the roads during the winter months1.

Slow down – With bad road conditions and reduced visibility, it’s a good idea to slow down and remember to leave lots of room in between vehicles just in case you need to break quickly or encounter black ice or slippery roads.

Get winter tires – Winter tires provide extra traction in cold temperatures and also make it easier to turn and stop on wet, slushy or icy roads. Find out how winter tires may help you save on car insurance. If you already have all season tires and aren’t sure if you should switch to winter tires, read our article on winter vs all season tires to learn more.

Fill up on windshield fluid – You don’t want to run out of windshield fluid in the middle of a blizzard. Stock up and keep an extra container in the trunk, just in case. Also be sure to replace any blades that leave a streak and make it harder for you to see.

See and be seen – Always have a snow brush/ice scraper on hand and use it before you get in the car during bad weather. Make sure to clear ice and snow from your hood, roof, windows, and lights.

Pack an emergency kit – It’s always a good idea to be prepared, especially during inclement weather. Put together an emergency kit with the following items and leave it in the trunk of your car2:

  •   Non-perishable food (like energy bars)
  •   Water (in plastic bottles)
  •   Flashlight
  •   Blanket
  •   Extra warm clothes
  •   Shovel/ice scraper/snow brush
  •   First aid kit
  •   Candle & matches
  •   Whistle (to attract attention)

We’re here to support you

Icy road conditions and limited visibility make it harder to drive in the winter months. If you do happen to get involved in a fender bender this season, you should call TD Insurance immediately to speak with a Claims Advisor. Our Claims department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Sources:

1. https://www.preparez-vous.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/sfttps/tp201002-en.aspx

2. http://www.ibc.ca/pe/disaster/winter-weather