To get ready for the season, Fort St. John RCMP recommends making sure your vehicle’s lights, brakes, battery, and windshield wipers are all in working order, and it’s using the appropriate weather-rated fluids. It’s also important to use winter tires, and check their pressure before any highway trips.
“Properly inflated, high quality winter tires will give you the best traction on winter roads and increase fuel efficiency,” says Corporal Jodi Shelkie. “Before putting on year old winter tires ensure that the tread depth is good, the surface of the tire isn’t damaged and that they are properly identified as winter tires.”
A winter survival kit could make a huge difference in the event of a vehicle incident, and the Canadian Automobile Association recommends all drivers carry with them in their vehicle the following items:
- Warm winter gloves, toque and boots
- Blanket or extra clothing
- Bag of sand or kitty litter
- Small shovel
- Ice scraper and/or snow brush
- Candy or chocolate bar for energy
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- First aid kit
- Hardcopy local map (not just a GPS unit)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Waterproof matches
- Battery jumper cables
As always, police recommend allowing extra time to travel and reducing speed in winter conditions.
For more winter driving tips, visit www.ShiftIntoWinter.ca.