Driving in Canada isn’t for the meek…especially in the winter!
If you yourself haven’t gone off the road or been in an accident because of icy conditions, you probably know someone who has. Going on a short drive can turn into a long ordeal if you find yourself unprepared in an emergency. With winter appearing at any moment in time in Alberta, it is important to always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. You can purchase an emergency kit or make your own. You may already have many of the items needed lying around your house. A basic car kit should contain the following:
- First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- Candle in a deep can and matches
- Windup flashlight
- Copy of your emergency plan
- Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
- Water—plastic bottles that won’t break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
- Extra clothing and shoes or boots
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
- Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
- Tow rope
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning light or road flares
Having a charged cell phone in your car for emergencies is also a good idea; just don’t pick it up while driving! Hopefully you’ll never have to use your winter emergency kit—but in wintry conditions, you need to be ready for anything.
At Nuera Insurance, we are here to make your world safer, healthier and happier. This winter, keep warm, be prepared and stay safe.
Also visit the Government of Canada website for more lessons on getting prepared.