Driving in winter is stressful enough, right?
The icy roads. The blowing snow. The chance your car won’t even start when it’s -30 C.
But add kids to the equation, and knowing what to do in a dangerous winter driving scenario such as getting stuck in snow or skidding off the road into a ditch is that much more vital.
“The presence of children obviously makes safety even more important,” Lewis Smith, the manager of national projects for the Canada Safety Council, told HuffPost Canada in a phone interview.
“At this point you’re not just talking about your own life, but also the life of people who are very dependent on you.”
So, how can you prepare for these winter driving woes?
Check the weather and prepare to drive safely
This might seem obvious, but knowing what you’re up against in terms of weather before you even get in the car is an important step, Kristine D’Arbelles, the senior manager of public affairs for CAA National, told HuffPost Canada in a phone interview.
“We don’t really think about this in the summer… but with winter, knowing if it’s going to be dropping to -30 C, knowing if it’s going to be snowing, those are important things to know, especially if you’re going to be in a car for a long time with kids,” D’Arbelles said.
“You’re already stopping a lot and there’s already a lot going on in a car when you have children.”
Drive for the conditions, Smith said. Don’t go too fast and make sure you can actively see around you in order to predict what other drivers might do and adjust your driving accordingly, he noted, adding that you should get winter tires, which have a much more effective grip in colder weather.
It’s all about what’s in the trunk
Your trunk should be stocked with some key winter tools and an emergency kit, Smith said.
The priority for the driver should always be that the car is being taken care of and the situation, should one arise, is being addressed, and to do that you’ll need tools such as an ice scraper, a small shovel, or a bag of salt to give you traction if your wheels are spinning, Smith said.
And if you’re going nowhere fast, that’s where the emergency kit comes in. An emergency kit should have essentials such as non-perishable food, water, warm clothing, a flashlight, candles, and a book of matches, Smith …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel