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In this issue

Winter home protection tips
Fire safety tips for the holidays
Shift into winter driving mode
Avoid water damage this winter

Shift into winter driving mode

According to the Canada Safety Council, winter driving in Canada demands extra caution. Blowing snow and icy roads put you at greater risk of having an accident.

Prepare yourself for safe winter driving. Anticipate poor weather conditions and the unsafe actions of other drivers. Don't wait for the snow to fly — prevent problems by being ready.

Stock your car for an emergency
A sudden storm or unexpected accident can be disastrous for drivers. Equip your vehicle to handle winter's worst:

  • Windshield scraper and snow brush
  • Extra antifreeze
  • A bag of sand, salt or cat litter, or a wire mat — for traction if your car gets stuck in the snow
  • Lightweight snow shovel
  • Properly inflated spare tire
  • Wheel wrench and jack
  • Battery booster cables
  • Warning flares or triangles
  • Blankets, hats and gloves/mittens for all passengers
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Tissues
  • High-calorie, non-perishable snacks
  • Candle and waterproof matches
  • Camping mug — in case you need to melt snow for water

Road trip tips
Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid storms. Always know the weather conditions before you start driving. And make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter conditions:

  • Check your battery, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, windshield wipers, headlights, and tires.
  • Keep your fuel tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Clear snow completely off of your car for a clear view when driving — make sure taillights and headlights are completely visible.
  • Drive slowly — it takes longer to brake on slippery roads.
  • Beware of slow-moving vehicles like snow plows and sand trucks; avoid passing them and don't tailgate.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which freeze first.
  • Keep your lights on when conditions are poor — it's essential to be seen by other motorists.
  • Consider purchasing an emergency roadside assistance plan — especially if you're unable to change a flat tire or walk for help.
  • Avoid travelling alone, especially in unfamiliar places.
  • Let someone know your timetable and travel routes.
  • Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.

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