To say Canadian weather is unpredictable is an understatement. It’s one of the only countries where individuals can be hit with the weather of all four seasons mere hours apart. Preparing early for winter weather and anticipating dangerous circumstances can help drivers maintain control on the road.
One way to stay ahead of Mother Nature (or should we say Old Man Winter) is to consider replacing all-season tires with winter tires sooner than later.
“Have tire discussions with a trusted dealer before the first storm hits, as winter tires help maintain control and stability in icy conditions,” says Chuck Yurkovich, vice president of global technology for Cooper Tire. “Be sure to examine your tire tread and test air pressure regularly for maximum performance.” Pack an emergency kit that includes:
- Car cell phone charger
- Collapsible shovel
- Windshield scraper
- Blanket, hat, scarf, gloves
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Cat litter (to add traction on ice)
- Portable battery charger
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, December 2012.