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With the extreme weather conditions that winter can bring, such as rain, sleet, snow and ice, vehicle safety has received a lot of recent attention in the news. The importance of vehicle distress kits in the case of an emergency has also been highlighted.

Here are some things to watch out for on the road and tips to remain safe while winter is still in full effect:

 

Black Ice

Black ice is a transparent coating of ice, found on the road or other paved surface, and drivers typically can’t see it, until you’re right on top of it. If there is the possibility of black ice on the road here’s how to avoid an accident:

  • Drive slowly and avoid sudden movement and braking

  • Maintain a safe following distance of other vehicles

  • Look for trouble spots ahead and do your best to safely avoid them

  • If your car hits black ice remember to take your foot off of the gas pedal

 

Snow

Whether it’s already on the ground or falling, snow can have a huge effect on driving safety. Here’s how to avoid an accident due to snow: 

  • Be sure your windshield wipers are fit for a snow fall

  • Make sure your car has plenty of windshield washer fluid

  • Have 4 winter tires secured on your vehicle before the first snowfall

  • Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions

  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before heading out onto the road

  • If it’s really bad outside, just stay home

 

Animals

Poor weather conditions can reduce visibility and maneuverability which can lead to accidents, including those involving animals, especially outside of major cities. Here’s how to prevent animal-related accidents in the winter: 

  • Obey the speed limit

  • Watch for signs displaying frequent animal sightings or crossings

  • Be especially cautious at dusk and dawn - animals are most active at this time and visibility is poor

  • If you see an animal near the side of the road, slow down right away, you never know if the animal will run out in front of you. Warn other motorists by flashing your hazard lights.

 

Vehicle accidents occur too frequently, especially when weather conditions are bad. If you don’t already, it is important to have an emergency kit in your vehicle to keep yourself and your passengers safe just in case . If you witness another car in an accident, having a first aid kit means you can help if they need it.

First Aid Canada offers three sizes of vehicle distress kits. Click on the following for more details: 

 

Life is Precious. Be Prepared.