Before you leave
Wear your seatbelt
It may seem obvious, but you should always wear your seatbelt. It can save your life. According to Transport Canada, more than a quarter of drivers and passengers who were fatally injured in a collision were not using a seatbelt.
Turn on your lights
Don’t be a phantom vehicle. Make sure your lights are on. Not only does it make your path clearer, but it also helps other drivers see you. The Government of Canada is making automatic tail and headlights a standard lighting requirement for new vehicles sold in Canada as of 2021. For now, if your car does not have automatic lights, make sure to turn them on.
Make sure your view is clear
Don’t be that igloo on wheels. Clear ice and snow from all exterior windows and mirrors before you start driving. Don’t forget about the inside of the car, either. Your AC is also a dehumidifier—use it to clear foggy windows for better visibility.
Keep an emergency car kit in your car. You don’t need to spend a lot of money – most items can be found in your home. Be sure to pack items such as gloves, hats, a blanket, a first aid kit, booster cables, a small shovel, a flashlight, and anything else that can help keep you safe in an emergency.
Put your phone away
Your phone is an important tool, but you should never use it while driving. Decide what music you want to listen to, and then put your phone away. Make sure your phone is charged, too – in case you need to call CAA.