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Winter Safety: Drive safe and prep your vehicle for the cold

If you’re a newcomer and you’re experiencing your first winter in our city, you’ll find it can be quite an adventure. To ensure you’re well-prepared and never caught off guard, we've put together a special series on winter safety. In this series, we’ll be sharing essential tips and tricks that will make your transition into Calgary's winter wonderland a smooth and enjoyable one.

So, buckle up, stay warm, and let’s dive into the world of winter safety together. Here’s to your first Calgary winter, filled with warmth, knowledge, and a lot of frosty fun!

Safe Winter Driving

Winter is just around the corner, and with it comes a unique set of challenges on the roads. Navigating snow-covered streets requires a different approach to driving, and it’s good to get some practice before you hit the roads. So, buckle up and let’s explore some essential winter driving tips that will keep you safe and sound during your journeys.

  • Prepare your vehicle by installing a block heater for smooth starts on icy mornings.
  • Test your brakes cautiously on slippery surfaces; it’s all about mastering controlled stops.
  • Lines on roads tend to get covered after snowfall; be careful, stay vigilant, and reduce your speed.
  • Pack an emergency kit: tire chains, flashlight, ice scraper, blankets, toques, mittens, and a sandbag to sprinkle on the ground for traction in case you get stuck in a rut. You can always use the floor mat under the tire for extra grip on the ice.
  • Clear any ice or snow from your exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide buildup inside the vehicle.
  • Be prepared – know your insurance company's number and how to call a tow truck.
  • Download a rideshare or taxi app in advance; having transportation options ready can be a game-changer in emergencies.

By following these tips, we can ensure safer journeys on Calgary's winter roads. Let’s drive responsibly, giving ourselves and others the gift of safety during this snowy season. Stay cautious, stay prepared, and enjoy the winter wonderland without worries.

Categories: General, Safety