The snow will be arriving soon, so you should get your car ready for winter now.
That’s the message from CAA, Toronto police, OPP, the MTO and the City of Toronto.
They say you should put your winter tires on, check your car battery and make sure you put your emergency kit in your car.
“We can’t always predict when and how much snow will fall but stocking up your vehicle ahead of time goes a long way in ensuring that no matter what weather conditions you encounter, you are prepared,” says Tony Tsai, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Services CAA SCO. “Staying safe while driving this season begins with proper winter vehicle maintenance before bad weather hits.”
OPP are reminding you if your car breaks down or you’re involved in a crash, “Steer it and Clear it” if it’s safe to do so. You should never stop on a road and if possible, park well off the road and stay inside your car until help arrives.
CAA is also releasing the following tips for drivers:
- Keep the gas tank at least half full at all times. Cold weather causes condensation in the system, which can lead to fuel-line freeze-up and can prevent your car from starting.
- Remove excess snow from the car before driving off. Any snow left on the roof might slide down onto the windshield and obstruct your vision.
- Keep your wiper fluid full. Keep extra fluid in your trunk. Make sure it’s rated for -40℃.
- Pack a fully stocked emergency kit. The kit should include a flashlight and extra batteries, warning devices (e.g., flares, reflective vests/strips), a first aid kit, blankets, jumper cables, non-perishable food and water plus a phone charger. Be sure to also keep an ice scraper, small shovel and snow brush handy in your car at all times.