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Time to get prepared for winter driving

As snow is becoming more common in our daily forecasts, now is the time to get cars ready for the winter driving season. Moose FM has put together some ways to keep your car ready to tackle the snowy roads and sub-zero temperatures.

  1. Get your car ready with a maintenance check up. Have your vehicle’s battery, belts, hoses, radiator, oil, brakes, tires, exhaust system, heater, wipers and ignition system checked. When you are driving in winter it’s important to travel with at least a half tank of gas at all times. And make sure your wind shield washer fluid is topped up and rated for a minimum of minus 40 degrees Celsius.
  2. Make sure your winter tires are on, and have been checked out. Winter tires are recommended for driving in snow and ice. Winter tires provide better traction, braking and handling. Remember to check tire air pressure frequently throughout the winter as cold weather causes tire pressure to decrease.
  3. Put a winter driving survival kit in your car. Stock it with a snow brush, shovel, booster cables, gas line anti-freeze, flash light and batteries, a first aid kit, blanket, extra warm clothes and footwear, non-perishable food like chocolate or granola bars. And add in a candle and small tin with matches. A candle not only provides light but it will also provide heat inside your car if you have to wait for help.
  4. As the snow begins, stay alert, slow down, and stay in control. Always drive according to the weather and road conditions. Use the two second rule! Pick a marker in front of you like a hydro pole or sign—when the rear end of the vehicle in front of you passes the marker: count “one thousand and one, one thousand and two.” If you get to the marker before you’re finished counting, you’re following too closely and may not be able to brake safely on a slippery surface.
  5. Moose FM will always keep you updated with road conditions. Make sure to listen to your radio before heading out in the winter. If road conditions are not good and the weather is bad don’t take chances, stay home or if you have to travel, give yourself lots of time to get where you need to be.
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