Winter Safety Kits
Winter Safety Kits
From black ice, slush, and freezing rain to heavy snowfalls, Canadian winters bring unexpected and hazardous conditions. Many incidents, such as vehicles sliding or getting stuck in the snow, can be prevented with proper preparation. Winter driving At Chatham Honda in Chatham, Ontario, we strive to keep you safe on the road. One of the main ways to do that is by having winter safety kits ready in your vehicle.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Prepare for the unexpected. Be ready for anything and carry a winter safety kit in Canadian winters. Here's what to prepare:
1. Plan for the cold
If your car is stuck in the snow, first, you need to make sure you stay warm. You will need winter gear like a coat, hat, scarf, and gloves, as well as warm socks, snow boots, and a blanket. You'll also need water and non-perishable food like granola bars. Include matches and a candle to keep you warm without draining the car's battery.
2. Get Help
Ensure you always have a fully charged cell phone or battery pack to be able to call for help. Pack items that will help you attract the attention of other vehicles, such as road hazard signs, road flares, reflective vests, or a whistle.
3. Emergency Items
In case of a collision or injuries, you should always keep a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher in your emergency kit.
4. Vehicle Safety
Have road salt and traction mats on hand in case you get stuck. A shovel will get you out of a tough spot if you are snowed in. Carry a simple toolkit to get you through minor repairs until you can drive to our Service Center to get it fixed. Here are some more essential vehicle safety items you should include in your winter safety kit:
- Antifreeze wiper fluid and fuel line
- Snowbrush or ice scraper
- Booster cables, bungee cords, and a tow strap
Winter Safety Tips
Keep your emergency kit in an easy to access spot and ensure you have quality winter tires such as those found at Chatham Honda's Parts Center. Stay safe in winter by always checking weather conditions before you leave. Finally, practice safe winter driving by reducing your speed and leaving plenty of room between yourself and the next car.