Winter Road Conditions Mean Drive to Stay Alive

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Winter Survival KitTHUNDER BAY – While many parts of Canada will not have snow for Christmas, Thunder Bay is enjoying yet more of the white stuff today. Environment Canada is calling for 2 to 4 cm of snow today. The winds will become southeast 30 km/h early this afternoon then light later this afternoon. That fresh snow is likely to slick up roads across the city, and make driving a little more risky.

Winter road conditions mean drive to stay alive

Slowing down, and realizing that it is better to get there safe is likely the best practice for everyone on the roads. The road conditions may also create more work for Thunder Bay Emergency Services, if drivers end up in accidents. Highway Road Conditions across the region range from bare and dry to snow covered.

If you are heading out, on the highways to visit friends or family over the holidays, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation suggests a Winter Driving Survival Kit be part of your gear.

It’s a good idea to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Having essential supplies can provide some comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded.

Recommended items include:

Ice scraper/snowbrush
Shovel
Sand or other traction aid
Tow rope or chain
Booster cables
Road flares or warning lights
Gas line antifreeze
Flashlight and batteries
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Small tool kit
Extra clothing and footwear
Blanket
Non-perishable energy foods – e.g., chocolate or granola bars, juice, soup, bottled water
Candle and a small tin can
Matches

(Source: Ontario Ministry of Transportation)