Scraping snow and ice off your car each morning, driving in the dark, and sitting in traffic - it's no surprise that so many Canadians dread driving in the winter. While snow tires can help to increase traction, they are only one weapon in your driving arsenal against Old Man Winter.
Dave Minor, a vice president with TD Insurance, provides his list of necessary tools to have on hand while driving in the snow this winter:
z Windshield washer fluid and winter wiper blades - On a snowy or slushy day, it's easy to use up a few litres of fluid trying to keep your windshield clear and visibility high. Keep some extra fluid in the car in case you run out while on the road. Good wiper blades prevent snow and ice from building up and affecting their performance.
z Fuel up - It's never a good idea to let your gas or diesel run low. Not only could you be left stranded, but it can also do serious harm to your car. A full tank of gas will minimize condensation, and prevent the gas line from freezing.
z Emergency kit - You never know what Mother Nature may throw your way, so it's important to be prepared. Have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including a snow shovel and brush, booster cables, candle and matches, blanket and cat litter (for traction), just in case.
z Insurance - Speak to your insurance provider to be sure you have the proper coverage, and ask if your provider offers road side assistance. Snow on the roads means you should expect the unexpected, so make sure there are no surprises if you have to make a claim.