Vi­sion is vi­tal when Old Man Win­ter sets in

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See and be seen. Mo­torists know that when Old Man Win­ter turns nasty, they not only have to worry about them­selves; they also have to be con­cerned about the other driv­ers on the road.

Vi­sion is vi­tal when it comes to nav­i­gat­ing icy, snow-cov­ered routes.

Be­fore you ven­ture out, re­move all snow from your ve­hi­cle’s hood, roof, win­dows and lights. Clear all win­dows. If vis­i­bil­ity be­comes poor, find a place to safely pull off the road as soon as you can. It’s best to stop at a rest area or exit the road­way and take shel­ter in a build­ing. If you can’t exit, pull off the road as far as you can. Get out from the pas­sen­ger side, to re­duce the risk of be­ing hit by other driv­ers. If vis­i­bil­ity is poor, put on your emer­gency flash­ers. Stay on main roads and drive care­fully. Match your speed to the road and weather con­di­tions. Avoid pass­ing an­other ve­hi­cle when weather and road con­di­tions are bad.

Wear warm clothes that do not re­strict move­ment. Be pre­pared to make a call. Take a fully charged cell phone with you. Th­ese are very use­ful in an emer­gency or if you need help. *911 is of­ten a free call. But don’t talk and drive. Let some­one with you make the call, or pull over to a safe spot to place a call.

If you do a lot of win­ter driv­ing in ar­eas with poor re­cep­tion, think about get­ting a cit­i­zen’s band ra­dio.

Pack a win­ter sur­vival kit. The Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion (CAA) rec­om­mends you keep the fol­low­ing items in your trunk: – shovel – sand or kitty lit­ter – trac­tion mats – tow chain – com­pass – cloth or roll of pa­per tow­els – warn­ing light or road flares – ex­tra cloth­ing and footwear – emer­gency food pack – booster ca­bles – matches and a “sur­vival” can­dle in a deep can (to warm hands,

heat a drink or use as an emer­gency light) – fire ex­tin­guisher – ex­tra wind­shield washer fluid – fuel line an­tifreeze – re­flec­tive vest

Keep the fol­low­ing items in­side your ve­hi­cle: – road maps – ice scraper and brush – flash­light – first aid kit – blan­ket (spe­cial “sur­vival” blan­kets are best)

The danger of skid­ding is great­est when you are taken by sur­prise. Not all ve­hi­cles re­spond in the same way to icy roads; learn how to han­dle your ve­hi­cle in all types of weather. You may also con­sider tak­ing a win­ter driv­ing course. In ex­treme weather avoid us­ing over­drive or cruise con­trol.

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