Toronto Winter Storm Driving Tips

The weather prediction for Toronto this week is more snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Here are some more tips on staying safe while driving in bad weather.

  • If you don’t have to drive, stay home.
  • Check weather and travel conditions before heading out.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in top operating condition, including a full tank of gas and windshield fluids. Don’t forget to have extra windshield fluid on hand.
  • Plan your route in advance, allow extra time for travel, and let others know your route and what time they should expect you.
  • Wear warm clothing and footwear, no matter how far you are traveling.
  • Drive with your headlights and taillights on.
  • Leave a safe distance between you and the other vehicles. Allow extra room to stop.
  • If you become stuck or stranded, stay with your vehicle. It provides excellent temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Tie a brightly coloured cloth to your vehicle. Use antennae or place your cloth in a rolled up window to signal distress.
  • Run the engine just long enough to get a little bit warm. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow or ice.
  • For fresh air, open a window a little bit.
  • Don’t risk hurting yourself by trying too hard to push a vehicle or dig it out of snow.

If you do get into an accident, read this article for information on what to do: The Rules for Handling a Car Accident.