Via Discover Humboldt Staff 

Drivers know that snow, ice and freezing rain reduce traction. Drifting and blowing snow, fog, whiteouts, gas exhaust clouds and frosted windows may severely limit visibility. It’s a matter of getting set for the conditions that we’ll see over the next few months. 

SGI shares some important reminders about winter driving in a number of categories.  

It’s time for the winter vehicle check to ensure your vehicle is equipped for the extreme temperatures and conditions of a Saskatchewan winter. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with: 

  • snow tires 
  • block heater 

  • snow brush and scraper 

  • gas line antifreeze 

  • small snow shovel 

  • set of traction mats 

  • booster cables (know how to use them) 

For out of town trips, add the following survival equipment: 

  • extra warm clothes (include footwear, mitts and hats) 

  • a supply of candles and matches 

  • tow chain or rope 

  • nourishing freezable food (raisins, nuts, candy) 
  • sleeping bags 
  • cellphone and charger cable 

Visibility of your vehicle and of other vehicles is key to safe driving. Be sure to: 

  • Brush the snow off your car. 

  • Scrape the windshield, rear and side windows. 

  • Clear your heater air intake (this is usually in front of the windshield). 

  • Clean your headlights, tail lights and signal lights. 

  • Be sure to clear your tissue boxes, sunglasses, papers, etc., away from defroster outlets. 

  • Drive with your headlights on at all times. Even on a clear day, swirling snow makes it difficult to see and to be seen. 

Driving on slippery surfaces presents challenges. A general rule for winter driving on slippery surfaces is to drive more slowly. Don’t use cruise control on icy roads. Acceleration, braking and steering should all be gentle and smooth. 

There are other tips on the SGI website.  

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