Stay off gravel roads! It might be easier said than done as many head to farms and small towns to visit family over the holiday season. Major roads are patrolled for stranded motorists during weather emergencies. Preparing in advance makes it easier and safer for you to wait for assistance. Here is a list of things for you to keep in mind before you head out.

  • Check Road conditions.
  • Put Winter tires on.
  • Keep a full tank of fuel.
  • Slow down at intersections.
  • Allow extra room to stop.
  • Avoid cruise control.
  • Plan your route in advance and share.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone and charger.
  • Wear warm clothing and footwear, no matter how far you're going.
  • Pack an emergency vehicle kit with items such as nonperishable food, water, blankets, booster cables, and a shovel.

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This is an important list to print off and put in your glove box.

HIT THE DITCH? WHAT NOW...

  • Stay with your vehicle. If you become stranded or stuck, use your vehicle as a temporary shelter.
  • Tie a brightly coloured cloth to the antennae or place in a rolled up window to signal distress.
  • Run the engine just long enough to remove the chill. Ensure the exhaust pipe is not plugged.
  • For fresh air open a window slightly on the side away from the wind.
  • Occasional deep breathing and moving arms and legs rapidly will increase body circulation.
  • Don't over exert yourself by trying to push or dig it out of the snow.

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