Saskatchewan Safe Winter Driving Checklist

Dec 2nd 2010 at 11:03 AM

SK Safety CouncilThe cold winter months can cause uncertainty on our roads. In Saskatchewan, icy road conditions are an ongoing concern for residents during the winter months and occasionally force us to alter our driving plans. When travelling over the winter months in your vehicle from Capital Ford, the Saskatchewan Safety Council would like to remind drivers to take caution when driving from destination to destination.

Everyone should take the time to phone family, friends or relatives before heading out and provide them with your driving route, as well as your estimated time of arrival. It’s very important to check weather and road conditions before heading out onto the road and always travel at a speed that is appropriate for the weather and road conditions.

Every Capital Ford vehicle should have a well equipped emergency kit, which includes the following items:

• Extra warm clothing for every person in the vehicle including jackets, mitts and toques (be sure to store these items in the vehicle with you and never in your trunk)

• Blanket

• Snow brush/ice scraper

• Shovel

• Sand or other traction aid

• Tow rope or chain

• Booster cables

• Warning lights

• Gas line antifreeze

• Flashlight and batteries

• First aid kit

• Fire extinguisher

• Small tool kit

• Candle and small tin can

• Matches

• Non-perishable foods (granola bars, chocolate, soup, juice, bottled water)

Preparing yourself and your vehicle ahead of time can save your life if you are ever in an emergency!Lee

Lee Carlson has been a Senior Safety Program Instructor with the Saskatchewan Safety Council for over 10 years.   He is a former Training Coordinator with the Ministry of Highways and Transportation and brings over 30 years of knowledge and experience to many of the Council’s traffic related programs including Defensive Driving, SkidSmart, Trailering, 55 Alive, Driver Audits and Workzone to name a few.  He also contributes to the Council’s Annual Industrial Safety Seminar, presenting on topics such as safe winter driving and workzone safety.

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