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.