Severe Weather Travel

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:

 Tune 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 511 for highway conditions or go to

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

 Listen to the radio for weather updates or check the Weather Network

 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: 

– also see the Emergency Kits section for suggestions for an Emergency Car 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


 Blankets/warm clothing

 Granola bars, candy, sugar cubes

 First aid kit


 Hatchet or axe

 Cell phone