By Bob McHugh
Being stuck on a lonely road in the middle of winter can be more than just an inconvenience – it can be life threatening! Former BCAA Technical Director, Bob McHugh has prepared a checklist of five things you can do to prepare for a winter road trip.
- Check the weather forecast, road conditions and road closures on your route before heading out on a long trip. Good snow tires are an absolute must.
- Wear warm clothes that still allow you to steer and operate the foot pedals. Take a cell phone along (not to use while driving) and bring water and non-perishable food supplies on longer trips. An emergency kit and a small shovel are also good to have along in the car.
- If you must drive in bad weather, make sure you start with a full tank of fuel and refuel when the tank drops below half full. If the car gets stuck, you’ll be able to keep the engine running, and have heat until help arrives.
- Good vision is very important, so fill the windshield-washer bottle with seasonal cleaner and carry extra in the trunk. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses – sun glare on snow can be hard on the eyes.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Always drive well-rested. Excessive heat inside the car can make you drowsy, so take a break at the first signs of fatigue. And let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to arrive.