By: Ashley Keenan
If you are anything like me, reading this title made you groan a little (and not just because it reminded any fellow Game of Thrones fans how long of a wait there is until the next season). As Canadians, we know all too well the way our day to day lives change as the temperature plummets and the frost starts rolling in.
Winter safety is a top priority for your team at Community CarShare, which is why all of our fleet has winter tires put on annually in the fall, so that we’re ready when that first snowflake hits the ground. In addition to snow tires we have ice scrapers/snow brushes in all of our vehicles, small shovels in the problem lots (thanks snow plows!), and winter weight in our pickup truck beds to maintain good traction.
What you might not know is that we have a special cancellation policy this time of year. In the event of inclement weather we waive our typical 12 hour cancellation policy – you just have to let us know you cancelled your booking due to weather if that’s the case. We never want our members driving in weather that makes them feel unsafe! If you need to take advantage of this special policy simply contact staff and let them know so we can void your booking.
We also want to remind you that keeping the vehicles windshield washer fluid filled up is paramount to winter safety. Please try to never leave the fluid empty for the next member as it isn’t just inconvenient, but can also be dangerous. Not to worry though, our in-vehicle gas cards also work for windshield washer fluid purchases.
Our insurance provider, The Co-operators, also has some great tips for staying safe this winter – check them out below!
The Co-operators Group Auto & Home – Top 10 tips for Safe Winter Driving
- Invest in winter tires. Put them on before it snows, and before the temperature drops below 7°C. Plus, receive a 5% Snow Tire Discount when you purchase four snow tires!
- Plan ahead. Plan for five extra minutes pre-trip to check road conditions and remove all snow and ice from your vehicle.
- Slow down. Adjust your speed according to road conditions. Wheel spinning on ice or snow could trigger more rapid acceleration or sudden braking notifications.
- Stock up on windshield washer fluid. When you need it most – 50 km from home in a white-out blizzard – you’ll be glad to have an extra jug.
- Leave the lights on. To increase visibility, keep your headlights on even during the day. Not sure if you need them? Err on the side of caution.
- Step lightly. Maintain steady pressure on the gas pedal and brake gently to avoid slipping and sliding, and also to prevent triggering unnecessary sudden braking notifications.
- Exercise patience. When you’re running 10 minutes late and find yourself stuck behind a snowplow or salt truck (of course!), take a deep breath and do not pass.
- Look twice before reversing. Be aware of snow banks when backing up; not only could you hit one, they make it hard to see oncoming traffic or pedestrians.
- Avoid the cruise control. Cruise control in wet, icy or snowy conditions isn’t worth the risk.
- Pack an emergency kit. Just in case you get stuck in your vehicle, pack a kit that includes salt or cat litter, a blanket, an ice scraper, matches and a flashlight.