Severe Weather Travel

Winter can be the most hazardous season in which to travel, but it is important to be prepared for problems during every season. The best safety precaution during severe weather conditions is to avoid travelling. However, if you must travel, be prepared.

What to do for travelling:

– Tuning up your vehicle and keep the tank full of gas

– For long trips, take drinking water and some snacks

– Plan your trips in advance and drive well-travelled roads

– Phone 888-627-6237 for highway condition or go to

– Tell family and friends of your route, departure, and arrival times

– Listen to the radio for weather updates

– If driving conditions become serious, turn back or stop at the side of the road

– Carry a Winter Survival Kit

Things to do if you are stranded:

– Park completely off the travelled portion of the road

– Set out warning lights or flares

– Turn on 4-way flashers and the dome light

– Stay in the vehicle and keep dry

– Run the engine sparingly for heat

– Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow

– Avoid long exposure and over-exertion. Shovelling in bitter cold can kill

– Use a candle in a coffee tin for heat

– Keep fresh air in the vehicle by partially opening a sheltered window

– Exercise in the vehicle by vigorously moving legs, arms and hands

– Wear a hat as you can lose up to 60% of body heat through your head

– Do not let all occupants sleep at the same time

– Keep watch for searchers and other traffic

– If possible, use a cell phone to let someone know where you are and what your situation is

Winter Survival Kit:

-Ice scraper and brush

– Methyl Hydrate (fuel line de-icing)

– Flashlight and extra batteries

– Booster cables

– Shovel and tow rope

– Flares or other signal aids

– Sand or kitty litter

– Candles and coffee tin

– Matches/lighter

– Blankets/warm clothing

– Granola bars, candy, sugar cubes

– First aid kit

– Compass

– Hatchet or axe

– Cellular phone