As fall turns to winter, travel time increases as we take precautions to keep ourselves safe on icy roads with limited visibility.
Here are a few important reminders to consider as we enter the icy season:
- Get your tires checked. This includes rotating your tires, and checking your spare tire. It also means switching out your regular tires for winter tires if you live in a region where you’ll need them.
- As the temperature drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel de-icer to your tank once a month. This will help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. It also helps to keep your gas tank full.
- Double check that your heater and defroster are in good working condition for the comfort of you and your passengers.
- In preparation for heavier rainfall, consider replacing your windshield wiper blades.
- Get your brakes checked.
- Ensure all lights are working properly and are brightly lit.
- Always carry an emergency kit with you, in your car.
These are just some basics to especially consider as temperatures drop below freezing. For more tips, feel free to visit the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
And don’t forget! If you’re a cyclist or a pedestrian, the icy streets and sidewalks are still a risk to your well-being. Consider wearing light clothing as it gets darker, brightly coloured scarves and toques, reflective vests and armbands or small lights on your jacket to keep yourself highly visible. It’s also a good idea to stay tuned into local radio stations to find out which roads are particularly or statistically unsafe.
Watch your footing, wear shoes with good grips and stay safe out there so you can continue enjoying the beauty of the wintry season!
-Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for Frontier.io