I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s getting pretty bad out there. The weather outside is frightful and while I’d rather just let it snow, sometimes you and the family have to brave the elements to get where you’re going.
The roads are either icy or covered in snow, the roads haven’t been gritted like they promised they would after the last winter, and nobody remembered to get snow tires or so it seems.
Luckily there are a few simple things that you can do to keep you and the people in your car a little safer.
First of all, and I wish I didn’t have to keep saying this – Get snow tires. They’ll last for years and will give you way better grip, even if you’re just driving through the rain or slush.
Turn on your lights. They aren’t just for your own benefit. If it’s dull, raining, foggy or snowing, people need to see you. Plus, if you’re driving through snow with your lights on, it looks like you’re flying through space.
Next up, prepare for the unexpected hiccups in your journey. Have a full breakdown kit, bring something to drink and a few blankets just in case you’re stopped for a longer period.
If you have a roadside recovery program, make sure your membership hasn’t expired. If you need a little help, they might either charge you extra or not come at all.
Even if you’re going from A to B and your destination will be either covered from the elements, like a mall or underground garage, think about what you’d need to walk outside. Bring winter boots with plenty of grip. Bring a bigger coat, hat and mittens.
Finally, if you’ve got children in the car, make sure that they’re securely buckled-in. Did you know that Transport Canada recommends that children under 50 lbs ride rear-facing (as long as they are within the height and weight requirements of their seat)? This is to give them more support in their neck and back in case of a crash.
With Graco’s new Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat, the extension panel offers your child 5 extra inches of legroom and under all that soft (and safe) cushioning, there’s a steel reinforced frame keeping them safe.
Disclaimer: This winter-safe driving guide is sponsored by Graco. Plan ahead and stay safe out there. Or just stay at home and keep warm.