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Safe Winter Driving – Emergency Car Kit

Despite Wiarton Willie’s prediction this morning of an early spring in Ontario, there is still reason to be prepared for more winter driving.   Winter driving can be tricky, especially in Central Ontario, with sudden changes in the weather and the road conditions.  One way drivers can be prepared for any eventuality is to have an emergency kit in their car.

Emergency Car Kit

Whether you are involved in a car accident or your vehicle breaks down, keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times is extremely important – especially in the cold winter months. The following are recommended by the Government of Canada’s GetPrepared.ca site as items you should have in this kit.

  • Food – that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water – in plastic bottles so they won’t break if frozen (change every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit – with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind–up flashlight
  • Whistle – in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents

Also, keep these additional items inside your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares

Other Hints

It is also important to note that cellphones may significantly cut down on the time it takes for you to contact help, whether you are involved in an accident or are stranded on the side of the road.  Ultimately, staying hydrated, warm and safe inside your vehicle will be key to riding out the wait for help, whether it is a few minutes or several hours.

If you or anyone you know has been in a car accident, our team of  experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers can help. We would be pleased to sit down with you in your home town for a free initial consultation to answer any of your questions.


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