Furtner, who ensures FedEx couriers are well equipped to weather any emergency on the road, encourages drivers to consider these winter safety tips to withstand the tough conditions of the season:
. Make sure your tires have enough tread on them to avoid sliding and enough traction for braking.
. Take an extra minute to clear all the snow and ice from your car before driving. This will help avoid sheets of ice flying off your car and onto the other drivers behind you. Also be sure to check that front and rear lights are unobstructed by snow and ice.
. Make sure your heater, defroster and rear defogger are working properly to avoid steamy windows, which can severely limit your visibility.
. Always try to keep your gas tank more than half full. If you do get stuck or stranded, the engine will be your only source of heat. Be sure to crack open a window if you're sitting in the car with the engine running.
. Check your spare tire for air and make sure you know how to change it safely.
. Check weather and travel conditions before heading out on the road. Don't take chances if the weather is bad. Either allow yourself extra time for travel, or wait until conditions improve.
. Never use cruise control in the winter. Winter driving requires you to be in full control at all times.
. Be prepared for unexpected emergencies - always carry a First Aid kit, flashlight, battery jumping cables and a warm blanket just in case.
Furtner explains that no matter the distance you drive, preparation is essential to a safe winter driving plan.
More information is available online at www.fedex.ca.