Ontario Winter Driving Hazards

Ontario’s Winter Driving Hazards

In Ontario winter can be unpredictable from one minute to the other. I am not a weather person however over the years I have had my fair share of bad weather condition’s like most of you know. Winter hazards can be a result of frigid temperatures, icy surfaces, snowy condition’s, high winds, freezing rain, and so much more. When operating a vehicle in Ontario , you need to exercise extreme caution in some cases. Travelling even short distances can be treacherous to say the least. High winds and zero visibility can play havoc even with the most seasoned driver. Not being prepared for the winter drive could cost you time and even an injury. The key for surviving winter weather is of course, preparation. Being properly prepared can make you more comfortable when caught commuting or at work by winter weather, and it can even be the difference between life and death. Ontario winter hazards include the effects of being outside in the weather, such as falls, frostbite and hypothermia, and indoor hazards such as carbon monoxide poisoning and fires generating from improperly used heat and electricity-generating sources.  
Ice and Snow

Ice and Snow

Your winter survival kit should include the following Items;
  • Blankets
  • No Drip Candles
  • Matches
  • 4 in 1 Shovel
  • Food such as granola bars
  • Water to stay hydrated
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cell phone
  • Charging cord for cell phone
  • Compass
  • Booster Cables
  • Hot pad warmers for feet and hands
  • Gloves, Hat, Scarf
  • Flashlight
  • Battery Operated Radio
  • 13 in 1 Multi purpose tool
  • Tow Rope
Give yourselves time to arrive alive. space your distances of one and half vehicle lengths in summer to two to three vehicle lengths in the winter, to give you ample room to stop safely. Make sure your fuel tank is full, and that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle for the those unexpected traffic delays. Keep your vehicle in tip top condition to avoid mechanical failure during winter condition, which could leave you stranded in the cold weather.  Stay safe and keep your safe distance.    

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