January in Canada means most conversations turn to the weather, and this year isn’t any different. As I write this, the West Coast is starting to float with over 100 ml’s of rain in the last 12 hours, the prairie’s are receiving snow as are Ontario and Quebec, while Atlantic Canada is enduring yet another blizzard.
Driving under these conditions is dangerous at the best of times so keep the following in mind:
- It is SO VERY IMPORTANT to slow down while driving.
- Leave early for appointments.
- Resist tailgating.
- Keep a “Emergency Safety Kit” in the trunk in case you end up in the ditch.
- Make sure everyone is wearing their seat belts
- Remember to make sure your Child Seat is installed correctly.
- Remember, every Canadian can take their car to the nearest Fire Department to have the car seat checked to see if it’s properly installed. FREE!
Let’s talk about some other ways of staying safe while driving. They are VERY cheap to do, and will help get you and your most precious possessions, your children, safely from point A to point B.
KEEP YOUR HEADLIGHTS CLEAR WITH CAR WAX
Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent all that messy grime and sludge from accumulating on your lights. Apply every 4 to 6 weeks.
ICE PROOF YOUR WINDOWS WITH VINEGAR
Worried about frost? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and sprits it on all your windows at night. In the morning they will be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water, preventing water from freezing.
SQUEAK PROOF YOUR WIPERS WITH RUBBING ALCOHOL
Wipe your wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This will make badly streaking or squeaking wipers change to almost perfect clarity and silence.
PREVENT CAR DOORS FROM FREEZING SHUT WITH COOKING SPRAY
Sprits cooking spray on the rubber seals around car doors and rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber
FOG PROOF YOUR WINDSHIELD WITH SHAVING CREAM
Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield and wipe it off with paper towels. Just a dab will do it.
DE-ICE YOUR LOCKS IN SECONDS WITH HAND SANITIZER
Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key and the lock and the problem is solved.
MOVE TO THE WEST COAST
We don’t need shovels out here. Instead, we spend 6 months wearing water wings and traveling by canoe.