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Tips for a Safe Winter Commute

5 Nov

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Winter has come in with a vengence on us here in Saskatchewan. No teaser of a snowfall and then one last blast of heat until it dips down and takes hold us for the next 6 months. Nope. We got snow, cold and lots of both and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Needless to say my commute has just become a little more interesting. Unfortunately.

With the uncertainty of road conditions, its time to think about being prepared out there. And there are plenty of ways we should be prepared when driving any distance these days.

1. A first aid kit. This is a must. You never know when or if you will need to be of assistance to someone and without proper personal protection, you will be limited as to the extent of the help you can give. Gloves and a mask and bandages at the least should be in your car.

2. Blankets. Whether your car breaks down on the side of the road, or you’re unfortunate enough to hit the ditch, a blanket to keep yourself warm until help arrives will be much appreciated.

3. Dry Food – Find yourself stranded in a storm or blizzard and you could be there for any length of time. We’ve all heard of the stories of people stranded for days in the country and while that is the worst case senario, whether it ends up being only an hour or a day, having something to eat will help you keep your strength and keep warm.

4. Full Tank of Gas – Whether you are travelling for 10 miles or 100 miles, a full tank of gas will allow you to keep the car (and the heat) running while waiting for help to arrive.

5. Proper Winter gear. Im talking big heavy boots, toques, mittens, scarves and ski pants. Long johns for the colder weather could also be an option. If you end up having to walk for help or are just stuck in the car, you may need extra layers to stay warm if the car itself quits.

5. Shovels – Obvious enough. Remember to shovel around your exhaust pipe if you get snowed in to avoid having the fumes backing up into the vehicle.

6. Candle with matches. Plenty of matches too. In the event that the vehicle isn’t able to stay running, there will be heat generated from the candle. Not much, but anything will be better than nothing at that point.

Lastly, and the tip I ALWAYS think of before venturing on the highway in any weather, is to keep your cellphone ON YOUR BODY. If you are in a rollover chances are your phone will be tossed around and the chances of finding it, could be slim. Keep it zipped up in a jacket pocket or in a closed in cubby you can easily reach if you get pinned in your seat. You want to be able to call for help as quickly as possible and not rely on someone else finding you.

Safe travels this winter everyone.

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One Response to “Tips for a Safe Winter Commute”

  1. Mo' Money Mo' Houses (@momoneymohouses) November 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Great tips! We don’t really get too much snow where I live, but we still make sure we are prepared by having an emergency kit in our car just in case something happens.

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