Posted on 1/14/2014 9:02 AM By Cam Clay
Driving in the snow can be treacherous. No matter how well you prepare, accidents happen. The problem is that so few people are prepared. KRC Research recently conducted an online survey on behalf of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and found that only 4% of respondents carry all of the essential emergency supplies recommended by State Farm (see below).
1,050 Canadian adults, aged 18 and older were surveyed from Oct 25th to Nov 3rd, 2013. Each was required to have a valid driver’s license.
The good news is that 97% of surveyed drivers do in fact carry at least one emergency supply in their vehicle. The bad news? 61% admit to carrying more junk than emergency tools. Pop open the average Canadian’s trunk and you’re more likely to find food wrappers or Frisbees than roadside flares or jumper cables.
We really can’t stress enough the importance of carrying roadside emergency equipment in your vehicle. Even a short trip can have major delays. The last thing we want is for you to be stranded in the snow, fog, or rain without the proper supplies.
So walk out to your car, take an inventory and determine which essential emergency supplies you need to stay safe out on the road:
Essential Emergency Supplies
- Spare tire
- Windshield scraper/brush
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Blanket and/or extra clothing
- Road flares
Additional (Suggested) Emergency Supplies
- Cellphone and charger
- Calorie-dense non-perishable food
- Road salt or kitty litter (to help with traction)
- Fluorescent distress sign (“Help”, “Call Police”)
Source - Most surveyed drivers have one type of emergency supply in their vehicle trunks, although very few have all types
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Posted on 9/27/2011 5:50 AM By Cam Clay
Autumn is here ~ and winter weather will be upon us soon. In bad weather it’s harder to stay in control when you’re behind the wheel. Heavy rain, icy roads, snow – these hazards can cause even the best drivers to make mistakes. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Top 10 Auto Safety Tips to consider before you set out on the road:
1. Be seen – make sure your headlights are on.
2. Increase your following distance.
3. Slow down! It takes longer to brake on slippery roads – the slower
you go, the easier it is to stop.
4. Make sure your car is prepared for the conditions (check your
battery, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, windshield wipers, headlights,
5. Consider having winter tires installed, which significantly improve
traction in bad weather.
6. Use caution at intersections. Don’t assume that if you have the right
of way, the intersection will be clear – scan ahead to spot potential
7. If you must travel in the winter, keep your car gassed up so that the
fuel lines don't freeze.
8. Clear snow completely off the car, remembering to sweep the
taillights and headlights.
9. Be very careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled
roads, which will freeze first.
10. Put together a car emergency kit that contains:
-an ice scraper and a snow brush
-a bag of sand, salt, or cat litter (for traction if you get stuck in
-warning flares or triangles
-gloves or mittens
-a flashlight and batteries
-a first-aid kit
-nonperishable snack foods
-a candle and matches
-a cup in case you need to melt snow for water
Be prepared and stay safe!