It’s that time of year again where you don’t only need to worry about staying warm, but also staying safe on the icy roads. This includes making sure your vehicle is properly prepared. 

Christine Niemczyk, Director of Corporate Communications with CAA has some winter driving safety tips, starting with getting winter tires. 

“We know that the different rubber compound in winter tires does allow for better traction and control. When choosing winter tires consider the tread design, type of rubber, size, and also the conditions of the use. Check the tire pressure often. The right pressure is important for traction and fuel efficiency.”   

Niemczyk adds that extreme weather weakens your car’s battery so it’s good to check it often and to have it charged if necessary, and to ensure all your fluids are filled, including anti-freeze, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.   

“Your block heater and cord, make sure the cord is not frayed and is in good working condition. At CAA we always say plug it in when the temperature falls below minus 15 degrees Celsius.”   

She has some advice for avoiding accidents once your car is prepared for the icy roads.  

“Please allow extra time to reach a destination safely. Be prepared to reduce your speed and drive with caution. The roads are icy, they're slippery, there's snow. There are other drivers sharing the road with and pedestrians as well.” 

Niemczyk also encourages drivers to make sure they have a roadside safety kit with them, which would include winter gear, candles, a phone and charger for emergencies, and non-perishable snacks in case you become stranded.