Winters in Canada can be a fun-filled time of adventure and exploration. Whether you love to ski or snow shoe or ice skate, the snow here offers so many wonderful experiences for us Canadians. Getting stuck in the snow, however, is not one of them. This is why it is important to keep a safety kit, in case of breakdown in winter.
Part of keeping you safe in the winter is keeping your car in good working order. Have the fluids checked regularly, make sure your tires have plenty of tread and keep up on their rotation. Make certain you have quality wiper blades and that the solution lines are not clogged.
Keeping your car in good working condition will reduce the likelihood of a breakdown, but even taking all of the necessary precautions, you cannot guarantee you won’t have problems.
Be prepared with a well-stocked safety kit, in case of breakdown in winter. Items you should keep include jumper cables, basic tools like pliers and a screwdriver, road flares, extra containers of fluid such as motor oil, antifreeze, transmission and brake fluid, a good flashlight, a first aid kit, lots of clean rags, an aerosol tire inflator, road flares and a roll of duct tape. You can never have enough duct tape.
You may think this is a long list, but if you pack them right, they should take up only a minimal amount of space in your trunk. These items you should keep at all times, but this is does not complete the list of what you need in your safety kit, in case of breakdown in winter. Some necessary additional items stay safe during winter driving conditions include blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing, good winter gloves, candles with matches. Tire chains are a must as well as a towing strap. You never know how long you may be stranded before help arrives, so pack water and food, some reading material and a survival guidebook.