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First deep freeze of winter – this week!

January 21, 2013

Winter Driving in Deep FreezeIn the Toronto area, there will be a deep freeze this week – first of the winter season. And on top of the deep freeze, there will also be snow falls. The Toronto Police Service has put together some reminders for drivers:

Driving – avoid any unnecessary trips:

  • Slow down and leave more space; driving slower allows more time for reaction and reduces stopping distances
  • Look well beyond where you are travelling and use your mirrors to be aware of your surroundings and other traffic
  • Try to identify possible hazards well in advance
  • Drive within your ability, as well as the vehicle’s limits and the equipment you have for the conditions
  • Continually evaluate the need for driving, changing environmental conditions and road conditions
  • You should avoid driving while wearing heavy boots, gloves and cumbersome coats. Carry these items with you. The size of these items can hinder your ability to feel the controls and limit your movement.

Equipment:

  • Tires: whether you are opting for winter, snow or all-season tires, ensure they are in good condition and are properly inflated
  • Battery: have your vehicle’s electrical system and battery level checked to ensure adequate cold-weather starts
  • Wipers: change worn or broken blades
  • Washer fluid: reservoirs should be filled, and carry an extra container of fluid
  • Booster cables: a set of cables is great insurance to help not only you, but others
  • Snow brush/scraper: a long-handled brush, scraper or a broom, are essential for clearing your entire vehicle of snow and ice

Extras:

  • Pack a survival kit for the winter driving season
  • Include food, water, blankets, candles, lighter/matches, winter boots, gloves, and hats

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